Tina K. Russell

May 11, 2008

On Equality

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Tina Russell @ 6:31 pm

Mildred Loving, Who Battled Ban on Mixed-Race Marriage, Dies at 68 – New York Times

Mildred Loving, a black woman whose anger over being banished from Virginia for marrying a white man led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning state miscegenation laws, died on May 2 at her home in Central Point, Va. She was 68.

By their own widely reported accounts, Mrs. Loving and her husband, Richard, were in bed in their modest house in Central Point in the early morning of July 11, 1958, five weeks after their wedding, when the county sheriff and two deputies, acting on an anonymous tip, burst into their bedroom and shined flashlights in their eyes. A threatening voice demanded, “Who is this woman you’re sleeping with?”

Mrs. Loving answered, “I’m his wife.”

Mr. Loving pointed to the couple’s marriage certificate hung on the bedroom wall. The sheriff responded, “That’s no good here.”

Mrs. Loving stopped giving interviews, but last year issued a statement on the 40th anniversary of the announcement of the Supreme Court ruling, urging that gay men and lesbians be allowed to marry.



  1. do you know whta her stance was on SSM?


    Comment by queerunity — May 12, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  2. If you mean “same-sex marriage,” yeah, that was her stance: it should be legally recognized, because she knows what it’s like for the state not to approve of your love.

    Comment by Tina Russell — May 12, 2008 @ 11:45 am

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