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 The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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