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In honor of Loving Day, June 12th, 2015, I am reposting this piece from three years ago. There are still bans in place in thirteen states, as well as a number of organizations and individuals who cite religious beliefs to justify their right to discriminate (just as they once did against interracial unions). I believe that a marriage between two people of different races is no less a marriage than one between two people of the same race.

But the fight for marriage equality is not yet over. According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, about one out of every seven new marriages in the U. As the child of a very long and happy interracial marriage, I know that it is possible for two people to have a loving, lasting bond even if there are societal barriers to “their kind” of union.

If you love and wish to marry someone of a different race, and I love and wish to marry someone of my same race, I do not believe that your marriage in any way undermines my marriage. As are children of same-sex parents, last I checked.

If I love and wish to marry someone of a different gender and you love and wish to marry someone of your own gender, I do not believe that your marriage in any way undermines my marriage. One reason people used to give (and still give) for opposing interracial marriage was the children. What about that business about undermining the sanctity of marriage in general?

I remember the sound of it, rich and soulful, with music in the background: Motown and jazz that he’d play when my parents threw parties.