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  •  Marriage equality is the civil rights issue (6+ / 0-)

    of our time.

    I marched for civil rights in the 1960s. I remember an earlier marriage equality fight when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute unconstitutional, ending all race-based restrictions on marriage (Loving v. Virginia, 1967). There was talk of a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision. If the people in Virginia and some other states could have voted on the issue, they would have voted to prohibit interracial marriage. Some opponents of interracial marriage used religious arguments, citing passages from the Bible. We won that fight and enacted a number of other anti-discrimination laws.

    Ensuring equal treatment under the law is an ongoing struggle. The election last week was a remarkable turning point.

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