May 5, 2008

Love is color blind

Black, white, brown, or yellow. The color of your skin should not dictate who you fall in love with. But apparently, it was against the law to marry outside of your race back in the 1960's. I read this article about Mildred Loving, a black woman who with her white husband challenged a ban on interracial marriage. Sadly, she passed away on Friday. Their marriage changed history and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their right to marry. It is fitting that their family name was Loving, through it all their love held true.

It had never occurred to me that our marriage was interracial. It never occurred to either of us that our marriage was anything different that might deserve a label. But I supposed that Mr. Bear and I are in an interracial marriage, if we were to label it. Thank you to Mildred and her husband, Richard, for challenging the laws and making it possible for this Asian girl to marry the white boy who she loves. It should not have mattered what color their skin was or their race. All that should have mattered was that they loved each other and wanted to marry and spend their lives together.

Photo by Amy Squires Photography