. . .connections and alliances so unnatural that God and nature seem to forbid them, should be prohibited by positive law, and be subject to no evasion.
The Supreme Court of Virginia, 1878
Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival.
The Supreme Court of the United States, June 12, 1967
Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.
Mildred Loving, June 12, 2007