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A decision to be celebrated

The 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision on June 12 is important for those of us in Nevada County who are prevented, by current law, from marrying those we love and build family with.

Loving v. Virginia was the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended the exclusion of interracial couples from the freedom to marry. Mildred Jeter and Robert Loving were an interracial couple who married in the District of Columbia. They returned to their home in Virginia and were arrested at night while asleep in their home for the crime of being married.

On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban on interracial marriages in the aptly named Loving decision.

While recognizing that our history is different from that of Jeter and Loving, I believe that our struggle for equality is the same. It is difficult for my family that my partner and I, the parents of five and grandparents of four, are unable to marry. I invite you to take time on the anniversary of Loving to remember that “loving” is still very hard for some of us.

Christine Allen

Grass Valley

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