What if you were not able to marry the person you love?
Are you in a mixed race marriage?
Do you know of a mixed race couple?
Prior to June 12th, 1967 it was illegal for a man and a women who were not of the same race to marry in the United States. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) , was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute, the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924“, unconstitutional, thereby overturning Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.
Today many gay couples know that pain of not being allowed to marry the one they love because it is illegal in the state where they live. Because of this gay partners are not allowed to have any of the benefits that a married spouse would have in the eyes of the law, employer or even by the medical professionals if only “a spouse or family” are allowed to visit with a patient, or receive death benefits allotted to a spouse.
Op-Ed Marriage equality cases languish before elected judges
6/1/15 By BILLY CORRIHER, ERIC LESH – latimes
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month in Obergefell vs. Hodges, the case that could give same-sex couples across America the freedom to marry. The majority of states already have marriage equality, and the issue has lost salience for some. But the Obergefell decision still matters. In several conservative states, challenges to discriminatory bans have not had as much success.
State high courts in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and New Jersey ruled in favor of marriage equality. State judges in Hawaii and California also did so, but ballot measures later overruled the decisions. The judges in these states have something in common: They were all appointed. Like federal judges with life tenure, they felt at liberty to side with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, even if in so doing they were siding against the majority.
The elected judges in states such as Texas and Arkansas, however, have lagged behind for years, perhaps because they feel pressure to rule based on popular sentiment. Perhaps they remember the 2010 retention election in Iowa, when anti-gay groups ran a successful campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices who had joined a unanimous opinion in favor of the freedom to marry.
Even when a federal court in Alabama ruled this year that same-sex couples had the right to marry, the elected state Supreme Court — led by marriage equality opponent Chief Justice Roy Moore — told judges in the state to defy the federal order.
Instead of outright defiance, justices in Arkansas and Texas seem to be avoiding a political controversy by delaying their rulings.
One case involving a same-sex couple who moved to Texas after getting married in Massachusetts has dragged on for years. The couple, who sued as “J.B.” and “H.B.” because Texas does not prohibit firing someone for being gay, separated in 2009, and J.B. filed an uncontested petition for divorce.
Uncontested, that is, until the state intervened. The state argued that its ban on recognizing their union also meant it could not allow them to divorce. If this stands, they would be forever bound in a legal status they could not escape.
The Texas Supreme Court got the case in 2011, but it did not hear oral arguments until November 2013. There has been only silence from the court since then. In April, nearly six years after the couple filed for divorce, H.B. died, without any resolution. Jason P. Steed, one of their attorneys, said, “It’s unsettling. When the court refuses to decide cases, it’s refusing to do its job.”
While the Texas Supreme Court has been mute, the Arkansas Supreme Court has engaged in a very public debate about delaying its decision in a marriage equality lawsuit. In May 2014, an Arkansas judge ruled that the state’s marriage ban violated the U.S. Constitution, comparing marriage equality to the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving vs. Virginia, which invalidated state bans on interracial marriage.
The Supreme Court should do the correct thing and
let adults marry whom they love.
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