Thursday, June 10, 2021

Loving Day and Pride

 The world open is0pening up again and we're welcoming back the Pride Parade and the Evelyn Davidson Water Table at First Presbyterian Church. We've been serving water to thirsty marchers since I don't remember exactly but a long time.  It's the best way to see the parade.  

Lately there's been a debate over who gets to march. Nobody asked me but this is what I have to say.  Twenty-five years ago it took courage for a police officer to come out and I was deeply moved to see a group of officers marching under a Pride Banner.  I'm sorry that that won't happen this year.

Rodney King said, "Can't we all just get along?"
Andy Warhol said, "I want everybody to like everybody."
Does that sound silly?  Inane?  It's certainly aspirational--

This month we celebrate Loving Day, the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the aptly named 1967 Supreme Court decision that vacated the two 1-year sentences of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter Loving who each pled guilty to a law criminalizing marriage between persons of different races, on the grounds that the Virginia statutory scheme violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. 

The decision was relied upon in U.S. v. Windsor, which granted Edith Windsor a marriage exemption of $363,053 after her Canadian-wed wife passed away and the IRS denied her estate tax refund striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional in the process.  

It was most recently cited in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee’s statutory definition of marriage violated the Fourteenth Amendment and recognized a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

Here is part of the Supreme Court decision--I think by Justice Kennedy.

These matters, involving the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime, choices central to personal dignity and autonomy, are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. Beliefs about these matters could not define the attributes of personhood were they formed under compulsion of the State.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 comment:

  1. Loved seeing you across from me at the Pride Parade one year, in different uniforms representing very different societal institutions but both endeavoring to protect the rights and health of the marchers. Look forward to days of a positive united embrace in our country to support and defend once again!


Loving Day and Pride

 The world open is0pening up again and we're welcoming back the Pride Parade and the Evelyn Davidson Water Table at First Presbyterian C...