Loving Day Resolution

RESOLUTION 15-05.40

Loving Day Resolution

Whereas, Mildred and Richard Loving were unable to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to laws prohibiting interracial marriage and were then arrested and forced out of their home, city and state as a result of wedding in Washington, D.C. where interracial marriage was legal at the time; and

Whereas, the Loving family did not back down but took their case to the Supreme Court and won on June 12, 1967, creating a landmark civil rights victory and paving the way for all consenting adults to marry the one that they love; and

Whereas, we are now moving forward in the 21st century as a multiracial and multicultural society and realize we must find a common vision from our interwoven past to build a society free of racism for the benefit of our collective future;

Therefore be it resolved, that the California Democratic Party recognizes June 12th as Loving Day and calls upon President Obama to recognize the day as a federal holiday in honor of the Loving vs. the Commonwealth of Virginia Supreme Court decision; and Therefore be it further resolved, that the California Democratic Party will send a formal request to President Obama requesting recognition of Loving Day and that this day will be a celebration of multiculturalism and hope for our future.

Sponsored by CDP Region 5, Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, and 9 DSCC members

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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