They plead guilty, agreed to leave the state, and then thankfully, they fought for their marriage in court. On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court struck down all remaining anti-miscegenation laws (laws forbidding intimate relationships across race) in sixteen U.S. states.
Tomorrow is the 48th anniversary of this court decision. Thanks in part to Richard and Mildred's handy last name, we celebrate the verdict of Loving v Virginia with Loving Day each June 12.
This year, I asked this community to interracial, intercultural couples to share a photo and a brief introduction. I wanted to highlight these beautiful families as a tribute to the Lovings and their commitment to their marriage and to justice.
I received so many incredible submissions that I'm creating two posts. Read more stories!
Meet Jody & Rukshan
My husband, Rukshan, and I have been married for almost 15 years. He was raised in both the U.S. and Sri Lanka. I grew up in Indiana. We met in college and are now raising our two kids in California. I love how we teach each other. Together, our world view is larger than it would be if we weren't married cross-culturally because we bring two very different perspectives to the table.
Our biggest challenge as a couple is finding a home. We don't easily "fit" anywhere because who we are falls between worlds. We were told that intercultural marriages tend to thrive best in places where the couple is on neutral territory or in very cosmopolitan places where there are many cultures. Living in one person's home can make the marriage exist on unequal footing. While this isn't always true, after living on both coasts and in the middle of a cornfield, we'd strongly agree that neutral territory works best for our marriage.
Connect with Jody: Blog | Twitter
Meet Naomi & Rich
I (Naomi) grew up in Maine but have been drawn to Latin America since I was a teenager, so it was no surprise when I fell for a warm, fun-loving Latino in college. My (now) husband Rich was born and raised in the States, but he is deeply steeped in his Puerto Rican culture and heritage. There are certainly challenges that come with a cross-cultural marriage, but it is incredibly rich and constantly helps (or...pushes) us to examine things from another perspective.
While we were still in college, we traveled to the Dominican Republic with a humanitarian organization. In the process of mixing cement alongside the Dominicans to build latrines, we learned the word for "mixture" was "la mezcla." But, as it is with language, that word had multiple meanings, and the Dominicans told us that an interracial couple would also be called a "mezcla." We were a mezcla. I've alwakys held onto that, and it makes me smile because it feels like a simple description of what we are - a mixture.
Connect with Naomi: Blog | Twitter | Instagram (You gotta follow her on IG, she's an amazing photographer!)
Meet James & Cara
He's the son of a Civil Rights leader, formatively raised in the great state of Mississippi. He's experienced racism, simply and solely based on the color of his skin, and yearns for a world different from what he experienced as a child. She grew up in a small suburb in Oregon, where racial diversity was appreciated and sought after, but not known or felt within her community.
Eventually, both of us landing in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and did our own thing for awhile before secretly deciding to try our hand at online dating. And Eharmony? It totally worked. So, let us introduce ourselves: we're James and Cara. We've been married for five years now, and have two "little caramels" (sons) whom we just think are the bee's knees. We live in Oakland, California, a town known for its unique appreciation and exhortation of diversity.
Just as we desire our children to grow up around people who look like mama and daddy, we want them to know that all humans have worth simply because of their stamp of humanity. In that way, we will keep fighting for ALL lives, for all voices, for all hearts. There's still so much we don't know and understand about our respective cultures, but we're committed to learning and listening so we might love each other - and each other's cultures - well.
Connect with Cara: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Meet Osheta & TC
We're TC and Osheta Moore. We've been married for nearly twelve years, and we have three beautiful kids. As an interracial couple, we've had some interesting conversations about role relations, systemic injustice, and the future we hope for our kids. We say often, that in our interracial marriage, we're writing new stories of gender roles, racial justice, and shalom.
Connect with Osheta: Blog | Twitter
Connect with TC: Blog | Twitter
Meet Carrie & Mardo
My husband Mardo and I have been married for a little over four years. Mardo and I first met at church when I moved to Guatemala to teach at a private school in the town where he lived. After many months, thousands of emails, and lots of hang outs, he asked me to be his "novia" and the rest is history. We were married in Guatemala, and about two years later, we welcomed our son Micah into our family.
Connect with Carrie: Blog | Instagram
Meet even more rockstar couples in this post!