If it were 1958, I would be ruining the sanctity of marriage.
See, I am white. Abe, on the other hand, is half-Chinese. And just 54 years ago, 96% percent (NINETY SIX PERCENT) of Americans would have thought that Abe and I wanted to literally crush them with our interracial steamroller.
Much of this was based on religious beliefs. In fact, in 1959, when Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, were arrested and charged with a felony, a judge ruled:
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents…The fact that he separated the races show that he did not intend for the races to mix.
Interracial marriage was illegal in many states (the number was as high as 41 in 1960) in the U.S. until 1967, when such laws were finally deemed unconstitutional. And you know what? 75% of Americans still disapproved of interracial marriage.
But that didn’t matter. The majority didn’t get to decide on the rights of the minority. Because, as the supreme court stated:
Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,”
Many churches didn’t like this. Some churches still don’t like this (the Christian school that I grew up in “highly discouraged” interracial marriage). But that didn’t matter either. The churches didn’t get to decide on the rights of people either.
So, I get to marry my partner once we have the money and the means to do so, and that’s awesome.
Even if the majority of people still disagreed with interracial marriage, they don’t get to interfere because that is my right.
Even if the majority of churches still disagreed with interracial marriage, they don’t get to interfere because that is my right.
Now, come on, America. It’s not 1967 anymore. Let’s get with the program.
Marriage Equality for all!