"I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about." --Mildred Loving
This card makes the links between struggles to legalize marriage between people of different races (in the 60s) and marriage between people of the same gender. Protest signs read: "Support of Discrimination is Always Wrong. Can We Vote on Your Marriage? Don't Like Gay Marriage: Don't Have One. Civil Rights never came quickly or easily."
The following history is NOT printed on this card:
Richard & Mildred Loving left the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1958 to marry in Washington, DC, thus evading the Racial Integrity Act, a state law banning marriages between persons of different races. Upon their return to Virginia, they were charged with "miscegenation", a felony punishable by a prison sentence of one to five years. On Jan 6th, 1959, the Lovings pleaded guilty and were sentences to one year in prison, with the sentence suspended for 25 years providing that they leave Virginia.
They moved to the District of Columbia, and on 11/6/1963 the ACLU filed a motion on their behalf to vacate the judgment and set aside the sentence on the grounds that the Act violated the 14th Amendment. A series of lawsuits ultimately reached the US Supreme Court, which overturned the convictions by unanimous decision (6/12/1967). The court ruled that Virginia's statute violated both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Postcard printed on Recycled Paper.