June 12 has become a very significant day. Today is the 50th anniversary of the landmark case Loving vs. Virginia. It is also the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 innocent lives were lost.
Both are very closely intertwined. On June 12, 1967, the ruling by the Supreme Court in Loving vs. Virginia allowed couples of different races to marry — striking down the slavery era prohibitions to such unions. This case was used as the foundation of the case that allowed gays to marry. That freedom to love and to be happy was attacked by a lone gunman on June 12, 2016.
As I reflect on the significance of this day, I mourn the lives that were lost simply because of who they are or who they love. Interracial couples still face hurdles as well as racism (even though 1 in 10 couples in America are interracial).
I think about the rise in hate crimes under this current administration, and pray that the strong minded among us will join me in the fight against hate in all forms.
Evil flourishes when good people stand by and do nothing.