It’s All About Loving

Today is “Loving Day,” the day where the Loving Case is celebrated all across the nation. The Loving Case, as you may recall, was the Supreme Court case that struck down laws across the nation which prevented interracial marriage.

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s an old report from ABC News:

Obviously, Dennise and I have always been inspired by the Lovings and their story, and meditate often about how insane it now seems to imagine that two people of different races would ever have been forbidden from marriage.

But I am also moved by how much this story mirrors what’s happening right now with the struggle for Marriage Equality for gay and lesbian people. In fact, many are hoping that “Windsor Day” may one day stand alongside of “Loving Day.”

What Mildred Loving says mirrors what many of us say today, “I say that marrying who you want to is a right that no man should have anything to do with. It’s a God-given right, I think.”

Amen and Amen.

The movement for Marriage Equality is, indeed, a movement of God’s Holy Spirit, not just a movement for “civil rights.” Yes, it is also a movement of rights. But, as with Loving, God is moving hearts –causing a real conversion in the hearts of many Christians– on the issue of gay marriage today.

It’s coming soon. It can’t come soon enough.

God bless the Lovings.

And God bless all the couples I know today who are struggling for the same recognition of their God-given right.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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