2008, R.I.P.

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  1. A.W. says:

    I always thought that was the most perfect title for a case. Loving v. Virginia. It sounds like Virginia was against the emotion of love. And, of course, it was.

    But, as a small nit, i always hate it when writers use RIP for rest in peace, because at first glance it always reads to me as “rip.” I say as a matter of style (and this is obviously an issue where people can differ), you should actually write it out.

  2. “And she remained steadfast to the ideals of social justice until the very end of her life, when she publicly stated her support of gay marriage on the 40th anniversary of the Loving ruling last year.”

    Should Barack Obama’s public statement that he does NOT support gay marriage cause us to question his steadfastness “to the ideals of social justice”?

  3. Frank says:

    Thank you for this moving post–there is a true continuity between Ms. Loving’s heroic crusade for civil rights through the decades, and her support for gay marriage.

    Her great work reminds me of these words of Harvey Milk, which also underscore the parallels between these struggles:

    “You have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right.

    “Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up.”

    Thanks for a wonderful post giving hope to those of good will this new year’s eve.