This week marks the 50th anniversary of a historic Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, overturning the laws against interracial marriage in the US. Like all civil rights milestones, this decision represented a progressive step forward for our country.
50 years later, the impact of this decision is plainly obvious when I watch television commercials, admire celebrities and public figures, go grocery shopping at my local Wal-Mart, and when I look at my partner.
A little over 17 years ago, as teenagers, we met and began dating. Even then, the images and representation of our love weren’t as prevalent as it is today. For the most part, we had the support of our families, but throughout the years have had to overcome the stereotypes of our relationship within the South.