|Some people call it judicial activism. The interpretation of the US Constitution by the judicial branch of our government. The theory here is that our constitution is a static document and that no interpretation was, or is necessary.|
In the minds of many, we are not to interpret the constitution. Just follow it. And if you don't like what it says, you can pass a constitutional amendment. Well sometimes that just doesn't work. Sometimes the tyranny of the majority can prevail and prevent good sensible laws and changes from being passed.
Last week a little known woman, very important to American history died. Most of you will not even know her name. I know I didn't. But I, for one, will be forever thankful for her sacrifice. Her name was Mildred Loving.
Why is she a hero? Because in 1958, at the age of 19, Mildred Loving, nee Jeter, like millions before her, said I do. The only difference for her was that as a young African American woman, it was illegal to marry someone of another race. Less than five weeks after her marriage to Richard Loving, a white bricklayer, Virginia State police burst into their bedroom and arrested them. They were jailed on felony charges of breaking the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, passed by the Virginia Legislature.
In 1979, I married Regina Michele Johnson, a beautiful 18 year old African American woman I met at church. It was only 12 years earlier that what has been called the most liberal activist Supreme Court we have ever had, headed by Earl Warren, effectively ruled laws barring interracial marriages unconstitutional. The case was Loving vs. Virginia, decided by the US Supreme Court in July of 1967.
Can activism go too far? Perhaps. But not in this case. Thank you Mildred and Richard Love. If not for you, I might not now be married to the true love of life, Regina Michele Johnson ... Miller.
Read more about it. The LA Times Obit.
From the Chicago Tribune, Clarence Page's thoughts.
**Update. A short article from former GOP Senator and Secretary of Defense, William Cohen.**