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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