Loving V. Virginia and gay marriage
In 1958 two men, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving got married in Washington
D.C. After they went home to Virginia they were arrested, and charged with a felony.
They felony was because Mildred was black and Richard was white and they were guilty
for miscegenation. On June 12, 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court declared Virginia’s anti
miscegenation statute unconstitutional. Marriage is defined as a union between a man and
La Shawn Barber, a freelance writer, thinks marriage should be between a man
and a woman and allowing gay marriage will just open more doors to legalizing
increasingly deviant unions. On the other side of the fence is Anna Quindlen, a prolific
and nationally acclaimed writer. She believes if two people love each other they should
be able to get married. Quindlen said “it’s about one of the most powerful forces of good
on earth, the termination of two human beings to tether their lives forever.”
Homosexuals have cited Loving v. Virginia and the modern civil rights movement
to argue for marriage between two men. Barber is not happy that homosexuals use that
case for there movement because she does not think they are comparable at all. Barber
said “the goal of interracial marriage bans the legalized segregation was to maintain
subordinate class of citizens based on race, and same-sex marriage bans is to protect
traditional marriage, not maintain a subordinate class.” Although Quindlen does not talk
about interracial marriage being comparable to same sex marriage, she states the fact that she thinks the courts are racist because they said that god separated the races because he
didn’t intend them to mix.
Barber said” individuals are worthy of equal treatment under the law, regardless
of race, but an individuals lifestyle choices are not.” So what that is saying people should
have equal rights, but if gay people can get married why not allow child...