I was sad to read this obituary in the New York Times on Tuesday, about the death of Mildred Loving on May 2. Loving, an African American, and her white husband sued to overturn Virginia's ban on interracial marriage, after sheriffs' deputies busted down their door, found them sleeping in the same bed, and arrested them, insisting that the marriage license they'd framed and hung on the wall was "no good here." I always thought the Supreme Court pretty much had to do the right thing when confronted with a case known as "Loving v. Virginia." Who could be against Loving? A lot of crazy segregationists, that's who.
My favorite part of the obit came at the end, when the Times explained that Mildred Loving stopped doing interviews about the case in her later years, but made one exception: Last year, on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling, she issued a statement "urging that gay men and lesbians be allowed to marry." Mildred Loving, a fighter for everyone's civil rights, until the end.