Melange Love celebrates interracial dating milestones today!
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Up until 1967, marriages like mine would have been illegal in many parts of the United States. It wasn’t until the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the marriage of Virginians Richard and Mildred Loving in a landmark ruling that interracial marriage became legal in all 50 states. As a result, June 12th is celebrated as “Loving Day,” a hallmark for civil rights and racial equality. However, my own interracial love story is far less heroic. Like most people, I chose to marry a man I loved. His values matched mine, and it didn’t matter to me that his skin tone did not.
My husband and I were married in the ruins of a colonial Guatemalan town and later had a reception under the lights of my California beachside home. We said our vows in both English and Spanish and promised to teach our children “about the beauty found in our differences.” I was excited about our future as a multiracial family. However, I was somewhat unprepared for how the differences of our skin colors would shape our children.