A Holiday Honoring the Notion that Love Conquers All
Happy Loving Day! I had never heard of this holiday celebrated on June 12 before I started researching holidays to note on the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy desktop calendar. This holiday is one in which Oklahoma should certainly rejoice.
Loving Day recognizes the allowance for interracial marriage in the United States, which has been legal in all U.S. states since the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia rendered on June 12.
The Court held that “anti-miscegenation” laws were unconstitutional. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote in the court opinion that “the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the State.”
This court ruling overturned an Oklahoma state law adopted before statehood, first passed in 1897, which expressly prohibited a white person from marrying “any person of African descent.” Since the Supreme Court handed down that decision on June 12, every year on that day, “Loving Day” has been celebrated across the nation.
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