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Loving Day

Loving Day June 12 Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only love can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King.

June 12 is 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 marriages between persons of different races, on the grounds that the Virginia statutory system 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 state 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 Tennesee’s statutory definitions of marriage violated the Fourteenth Amendment and that all states must license and recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

If we were able to meet in church this Sunday we would celebrate at coffee hour with heart-shaped cookies and chocolate kisses because Love is Love is Love.

"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." I Corinthians 13

A long time ago I started to make collages out of torn paper in a little blank book. It provided a rest from the laborious detailed pen and ink drawings, and I played with color, texture, proportion, and scale. I've taken some of the color field pages to make my version of a Pride Flag.

June 12, 2020

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