In the interest of full disclosure, you may have noticed the Freedom to Marry ad in the right column of the site. This post makes note of the organization and what they are doing to draw attention to an important moment in civil rights being recognized today.
Forty years ago, on June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Loving v. Virginia, effectively ending a ban on interracial marriage that was still recognized in 16 states.
Freedom to Marry has been running a series of ads in The Politico and Roll Call to draw attention to the inequalities seen today by gays and lesbians with regard to marriage.
The ads feature photographs of Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao, Janet and Bill Cohen, Jim and Hong Le Webb, and Jeb and Columba Bush, four high-profile interracial couples who would not have been able to marry had the ban not been struck down.
It’s an important moment to be recognized, as bigotry disguised as religious truth continues to be used today to deny rights to the nation’s gay and lesbian citizens.
The following is a related three-minute ad produced by the National Black Justice Coalition: