From Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus, NAACP and Advisory Board member, American Foundation for Equal Rights, group behind the Federal Court Constitutional challenge of California's Proposition 8:
This Sunday, we celebrate the 44th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court’s decision that that struck down laws that forbade African Americans and whites from marrying.
The Loving decision was a watershed moment in the civil rights movement, and has deep implications today for gay and lesbian couples who want nothing more than the freedom to marry.
To commemorate this anniversary, AFER’s co-counsel in the Prop. 8 case, Ted Olson and David Boies, recorded a special message. They talk about how the Loving case set an important precedent for the current fight for marriage equality.
The landmark Supreme Court decision determined that the freedom to marry was an individual liberty that the state had no place interfering.
Mentioned is Mildred Loving's own support for LGBT marriage equality, she expressed her support shortly before her death, saying:
“I believe all Americans, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.”
Beautiful. And thank you to Mildred, Julian Bond, AFER and all who made this video possible.