Freedom to Marry, a national marriage equality advocacy organization, is marking the 40th anniversary of the landmark Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision in a provocative, perhaps, controversial way.
The organization’s new ad campaign has run a series of five ads in The Politico and Roll Call. The campaign ends today. The ads feature a pictures of married couples, including Richard and Mildred Loving. The ads also feature a brief history of marriage discrimination, including a quote from the decision struck down in Loving v. Virginia:
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.
Freedom to Marry says of the ad campaign and their related Anniversary celebration:
A wide array of legal and civil rights groups have combined efforts to celebrate the Loving 40th Anniversary:
1. as a milestone in the fight against racial inequality,
2. for its importance in securing the freedom to marry as a civil right,
3. for its embodiment of the importance of social justice activism and independent courts, and
4. for its relevance to today’s ongoing battles against unfair exclusion from marriage.
The celebration will consist of a series of five ads in Roll Call and The Politico starting on June 4th and running through the Anniversary on June 12th. Also, the organizations will hold a press conference and a reception on Capitol Hill to mark the decision’s precise anniversary on June 12th.
InterstateQ.com is a part of Freedom to Marry’s online portion of their ad campaign.