- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2016

It’s hard for people today to appreciate that there were once laws against interracial marriage, known as miscegenation laws. On Sunday in the District, the Interracial Dating and Social Connections Meetup Group (IDSocialConnect) gathered couples and singles at Mulebone Restaurant to celebrate Loving Day, named in honor of the 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, that forever struck down as unconstitutional state laws against persons marrying someone outside their own race.

Every year on June 12, the anniversary of the court decision, people celebrate in honor of the momentous day. The Loving Project coordinates gatherings around the nation, including in the nation’s capital, which this year were held in conjunction with Focus Features, which is releasing a film this fall about the case, called simply “Loving.”

Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (“Mud”), “Loving” tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, who were an interracial couple who married and then fought in courts, first in their native Virginia, and then in Washington, for a decade, for the right of marriage equality — a debate that continues to rage today.

At Loving Day events, both couples and singles were invited to share their stories.

“We are inspired by the thousands of people worldwide who celebrate Loving Day. It’s all in the name of Richard and Mildred Loving, a brave couple who paved the way for future generations,” said Loving Day Project founder Ken Tanabe in a statement. “Their love and commitment to each other continues to set the example. When we honor the landmark Loving decision on Loving Day, it’s a reminder to everyone that love wins.”

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