Picture: Richard and Mildred Loving are in their bedroom. They are newly pregnant and newly married. The couple sleep soundly after a long week's events. Suddenly, at about two o'clock in the morning, police crash through their door and rouse them. The couple are arrested and, after processing and a short trial, are sentenced to a year in prison - suspended on the condition that they leave the state and stay out for at least 25 years.
They had been banished. No family contact, no friends.
The judge in the case said the following:
Almighty God created the races, white, black, yellow, Malay, and red and placed them on separate continents, and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages...The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend the races to mix.
The Lovings were arrested because they were an interracial couple living in Virgina. The year this event took place was 1958. The law was changed to allow interracial couples in Virginia, after an extended court battle ending at the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1967. In case you think racism and its language is a thing of the long-ago past, South Carolina and Alabama did not change their constitutions to remove the miscegenation language until 2000.
Everyone get that? 2000. Under the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution, not allowing interracial couples was unconstitutional. In case you're unaware of the pertinent section of that particular amendment, take a gander:
Amendment 14, section 1 - All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Ok, moving on to my actual point for this piece. I'm still pissed about the passing of Proposition 8 in California and several other states passing ridiculous, archaic, religiously motivated, retarded, homophobic propositions. I get very tired (although not as tired as gay couples in these states, admittedly) of religious assholes strutting around thinking everyone should be like them. Get a load of what former Republican douchebag Mike Huckabee said in a TV appearance on The View
But when we're talking about a redefinition of an institution (marriage), that's different than individual civil rights. We're never going to convince each other...But here is the difference. Bull Connor was hosing people down in the streets of Alabama. John Lewis got his skull cracked on the Selma bridge.
Right, comparing gay marriage to civil rights for Blacks is not valid because Blacks have had violent opposition. No one has ever been violent to a gay person, right Mike? Ever hear the phrase, "queer bashing"
, Mike? I didn't think so, you dogmatic, uninformed, head-in-the-sand, moron.
Another dumbass is Newt Gingrich. He was on The O'Reilly Factor - that bastion of rational thought and equality - and said the following:
I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion...when the radicals lost the vote in California, they are determined to impose their will on this country no matter what the popular opinion, no matter what the law of the land. (ref.
An amazing display of mirroring. If I may: fascism - a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
. Hmmm...that remind anyone of "traditional" religion? I mean, damn, if you go by "traditional" Christianity, those gay folks are an "abomination" and should be killed (Lev. 20:13). Oh, and don't be bitching to me that I'm using the Old Testament, and the New Testament is so much better because Romans 1:31-32 spits out the old "queers should die", too. Get over yourself.
I think my favorite bit is from the Mormon church, and is, oddly enough, Huckabee's position as well. Their view is that if you're a huge fag, that's fine! Thing is, all sex outside of marriage is a "sin", and gays shouldn't be allowed to get married, soooooo no sex for you ever! You can be a giant queer, gay, faggy, ass-loving, fashionista, cocksucker wannabe, but just don't act on your murder-worthy desires. Keep them all bottled up and get on your knees (HA!) and pray.
Huckabee said in an interview with Tim Russert in 2007:
Tim, understand, when a Christian speaks of sin, a Christian says all of us are sinners. I'm a sinner, everybody's a sinner. What one's sin is, means it's missing the mark. It's missing the bull's eye, the perfect point. I miss it every day; we all do. The perfection of God is seen in a marriage in which one man, one woman live together as a couple committed to each other as life partners. Now, even married couples don't do that perfectly, so sin is not some act of equating people with being murderers or rapists...
MR. RUSSERT: But when you say aberrant or unnatural, do you believe you're born gay or you choose to be gay?
GOV. HUCKABEE: I don't know whether people are born that way. People who are gay say that they're born that way. But one thing I know, that the behavior one practices is a choice....
Ok, everyone is a "sinner". So why not allow everyone to marry a person of their choosing? This is the problem with the religious assholes and the glaring hypocrisy of people like Gingrich: If your god has a problem with two men or two women getting married, let him/her/it deal with it. "Oh no no no no no no no...we can't do that. We have to control them queers."
And just as an aside, does anyone find it funny that Huckabee uses the term "life partner"? Hilarious.
He doesn't know if gay people are born "that way"? Did Mike Huckabee choose to be straight? I certainly didn't. I just started to notice girls boobs and asses at some point and thought, "That stuff would be fun to play with." Never thought too much about another dude's cock. That pretty much makes me straight. However - and this is most important - no one should ever, EVER
confuse my or anyone else's preference for women or men with our entitlement to basic civil rights.
The stupid Mormon church's letter regarding the gay marriage revocation in California had this paragraph:
The church's teaching and position on this moral issue are unequivocal. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and the formation of families is central to the Creator's plan for His children...Our best efforts are required to preserve the sacred institution of marriage. ref.
See what I mean about religious assholes thinking everyone should be like them? See how Gingrich's quote about "gay people imposing their will on everyone, regardless of popular opinion or the law"
is just shockingly, mind-numbingly meat-headed in the face of reality? Who gives a hill of newt-shit what the Mormon church's god thinks about marriage? Seriously. When straight people can get divorce papers from a fucking kiosk in UTAH
, just how sacred an institution is it, really? Gays should have at least
the same right to get hitched as anyone else.
Mildred Loving said it best herself before her death:
I am still not a political person, but 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.