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Celebrate Interracial Marriage on Loving Day!

What is Loving Day?

Loving Day is the celebration of a victory for interracial couples that happens every year on June 12th.  You see, back in the day…not so long ago…interracial marriage was illegal.  That is, until the Lovings came along.  When they couldn’t legally marry in Virginia, they decided to travel to D.C., marry and then return home later to start their life together.

Unfortunately, they were in for a lot of trouble.  They went through a lot more than most of us could bear and ended up in court, despite their desire to avoid the situation, and were instrumental in securing rights for interracial couples.

In 1967, Mildred and Richard Loving won the Loving vs Virginia legal battle and changed the laws nationwide for mixed race couples in every state.  A monumental achievement during their time.

Why Loving Day Matters to Us

As a mixed race family, we often think about what we would have done if we weren’t born into this generation.

How could we have dealt with what the couples before us had to?  Could we even be together?  What would happen to our children?

It hurts to even imagine how many families have been persecuted for marrying outside their race.  I feel blessed all the time, knowing that I’ve had the right to choose the partner I love.  I don’t forget it.  I can’t.  Since we still hear old opinions about race mixing from people even today.

I think back on the Lovings and so many other couples who had to pay a higher price for love and it’s heartbreaking.  This is something we never want to take for granted and I’m so glad that we have a day to celebrate and reflect on the history.

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To find out more about Loving Day, check out their website, watch the documentary and read some of these great books!

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  • Me and the Mexican
    June 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for sharing Chantilly!  I for one, am extremely thankful for the "Lovings!"  Happy Loving Day!!

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      June 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Tara!  Happy Loving Day amiga!  Enjoy it!  :)

  • Babymakingmachine
    June 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Happy Loving Day!! Thanks for spreading the word!

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      June 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Happy Loving Day!  Same to you!  I'm glad so many of us are sharing our stories! I just read your post!  Really great job including the history.  Love it!  P.S. You have a beautiful family!  :)

  • Ezzy Guerrero-Languz
    June 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing this piece of history, Chantilly! I can't imagine having my choice of marriage partner dictated by a law. Thank God for the Lovings.

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      June 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Right!  I'm so glad to have this day acknowledged!  Hopefully, it will be nationally recognized by the government in the future.  :)  Thanks for reading amiga!

  • Ginnette Powell
    June 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Woo Hoo! Thank you for sharing and Thanks to the Lovings and so many that fought for the right to marry!

    • Chantilly Patiño
      June 13, 2011 at 2:26 am

      Hey, thanks for the comment Ginnette!  It’s an awesome bit of history that definitely needs more recognition!  :)  Thanks for stopping by!

  • Anonymous
    June 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Had no idea it was Loving Day. Thanks for spreading the word!

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