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Loving Day Wedding Rings

ON [Interracial] MARRIAGE

 Share what "Loving v. Virginia (1967)" means to you for a chance to win a handmade set of Loving Day wedding rings!

I’ve been creating socially conscious jewelry for over 10 years now. One of my first collections was called "RIGHTS" and stemmed from my obsession with “Loving v. Virginia (1967)” -- the case that made interracial marriage legal in the US. I took the seemingly cryptic case ID# that granted my Irish-American mother and Chinese-American father marriage equality and engraved it onto wedding rings and jewelry. This case would become even more special to me in 2011, when I married my multi-ethnic wife and partner, Radika. 
 
Every year, we team up with Ken Tanabe and the awesome folks at LovingDay.org to create a Loving Day Wedding Ring  Giveaway. This year, we've upped the eco-friendly factor by handcrafting our rings from 100% recycled silver. We've also added new lettering that will make your inscription even more unique and whimsical. Each ring will be engraved with the case ID# for "Loving v. Virginia (1967)". 
 
-Dana Walden Chin, Co-Founder & Designer
 
The winner will be chosen by Ken Tanabe on June 12th, 2014. 
  Please submit your entry by 11:59am EST on June 12th, 2014.

Here's how to enter:

    1. Leave a comment below with what Loving Day means to you
    2. 'Like' the Dana Walden Jewelry Facebook Page
    3. Copy and paste your comment to our Dana Walden Jewelry Facebook wall
  • Dana Chin

Comments on this post ( 14 )

  • Jun 12, 2014

    Loving Day is very special to me. In a nutshell, it means I can marry my best friend, my protector, my lover, my rock, my #1 supporter without fear of unlawful persecution or prosecution. I am thankful that Richard and Mildred Loving for fighting this battle for all of us.

    — Ceiti Johnson

  • Jun 12, 2014

    Our names are Kate and Carl. Kate identifies as Black and White and Carl identifies as Japanese and White. We are looking to get married in the summer of 2015!

    Our parents remember a time when it was illegal for people to marry outside of their race. We owe so much to Mildred and Richard Loving for shifting our culture to be more inclusive of our right to love whom we choose. We took to heart the incredible activism that they displayed through the process.

    We have taken this love for Multiracial/Interracial activism into our relationship. We actually met because of the Lovings! In 2007, we met organizing a presentation for a diversity conference where we shared the history behind the Loving v. Virginia court case and talked about our own family stories. Since then, we have presented together numerous times at conferences, schools, and cultural organizations about the issues faced by people who identify as Mixed or Multiracial and Interracial families. We even started a student organization at our university to help create a community where students can talk about their Mixed Race experiences in a caring, inclusive environment. Every year, the organization plans and implements “Mixed Race Week” and we’ve traditionally culminated the week into an event called “Loving Day Dinner” in recognition of the the Loving family and how far we have come as a society in supporting interracial and same-sex marriage.

    The passion we share for creating a Mixed Race community is one of the strongest aspects of our relationship. What Loving Day means to us is reflecting on our love for each other, but also continuing in our love for equality and for the right for people to marry who they choose. It would be an honor to symbolize our marriage by wearing wedding rings representing Loving Day. Afterall, it is thanks to the Lovings that we are able to marry!

    — Kate Wormus and Carl Olsen

  • Jun 11, 2014

    Loving Day is when my Japanese mother married my Chinese father, even though some Chinese relatives to this day will still leave the room when a Japanese person walks in.

    Loving Day is when my younger sister dated an African American man and my family did not even bat an eye.

    And Loving Day is celebrating my own wedding on April 11, 2015 when I, a half Chinese half Japanese woman, marries a Caucasian man in a beautiful Jewish ceremony where MY Rabbi performs the ceremony.

    “The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” – U.S. Supreme Court

    — Christina Chin

  • Jun 11, 2014

    Love, is the day I meet my husband, from the day I layed eyes on him on East 18th, Brooklyn Newyork, I was in love, but I was only 9 years old of course I knew nothing but as we grew and got older we fell apart but faith brought us back together I love him so much!!!! He completes me. I really couldn’t imagine my life without him.

    — Jenny Bacchus

  • Jun 11, 2014

    4 years ago I received a message from a man who was mutual friends with someone I went to high school with. We began to write and share experiences of our lives and got to know each other. He lived in New York and I in Toronto. He is mutli racial and has never met his father, I am also multi racial and at the time had not met my father.

    We have both gone through life situations with having the cultural stigma of having to identify with one core race or another. I have always considered myself proud of who I am, but never defined by only this. He has helped me love myself on a bigger scale….being human.

    After finally finding and building a relationship with my Bengali Indian father, I realize how much we all just want the same things in life. Shelter, protection, sustenance and love. I appreciate my fiance so much for the lesson. After all, love is so diverse in it’s definition, and yet has no one definition at all.

    This June 24th, when we say our vows I will think of what loving really means. Whether it’s versus Virginia, racism or prejudice….love brings two people in spite of all this to say “I do”.

    — Marsha Thompson

  • Jun 11, 2014

    The one true thing as a woman of color. I am truly blessed to be a part of this landmark experience. My children are Black and Puerto Rican, and although I faced some racism raising them in other communities outside of mine. We ignored it and allowed God to be our source of happiness. When I found out about Loving Day in NYC, I had to schedule my meet up group. I am the assistant organizer for Philly Asian Men/ Black Women Rock! The founder is my friend Tei Williams. We have successfully connected with one of the NYC groups and collaborated events together. Although my husband and no longer together I have many years later met a guy I’ve been seeing for over a year. He is Chinese American, divorced with one child from an interracial marriage who was black as well. I came across this landmark case as a young woman while married to my ex-husband. History has always been my passion for all cultures. But this case as a paralegal was a blessing to come across. I have three beautiful jewels inside and out from my marriage. They are phenomenal in their own way. Thank you so much for allowing us to use this as a platform for the one try thing dear to my soul! Unity of all the races.

    Members from our meet up group will be their again for the third year in a row.

    Please check us out at PhillyAsianMen/BlackWomenRock!/meetup.com

    Best!

    Carol,

    — Carol Burns

  • Jun 06, 2014

    My husband and I are high school sweethearts, together for 20 years this year. If not for those that blazed the path for us, we wouldn’t have been together for even one day. As a matter of fact, he may not even have existed. He had an Asian father and a Jamaican mother. I am from Latin America. Even my family’s prejudice almost kept us from getting together, but we knew we were each other’s one and only from the age of 17. For us, Loving Day has meant the best 20 years of our lives, free to live in peace and harmony. Every once in a while we will travel somewhere that reminds us that there are those out there that see color rather than love. We are so grateful to be merely passing through those places of ignorance and that in general we live in more tolerant times, but it is a good reminder to always be thankful for people like the Lovings who fought for their rights and the rights of future generations.

    — Monica

  • Jun 06, 2014

    I’m a Caucasian woman. My son’s father is African-American. My son is a Blessing :) and his wife is Caucasian. Their baby girl, my granddaughter is Beautiful, created from Love.

    The man I love is African-American.

    Loving Day means that all of my family members live in a world where who I see when I look into their eyes means so much more than race or skin color or religion or sexuality or politics or economics or heritage or anything else.

    I’m so grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Loving – that they changed the world — even created the world — in which I live.

    — Christine

  • Jun 03, 2014

    “If your mother and I had gotten together at that point in history, I would have been killed,” My father told me when we first discussed Loving Day. He said it very matter of factly, and I knew he wasn’t lying. Lord knows how many Black men were killed for being with (or even suspected of being with) a White woman.

    That night, I found myself contemplating my existence. Here I am, a product of an interracial relationship that at one point would have cost my father his life. The Lovings fought against this persecution by simply loving each other. After my conversation with my father, I realized that Loving v. Virginia not only allowed interracial marriages and increased acceptance of interracial couples, it also effectively embraced the children of these unions. Allowing for bi- and multi- racial children to grow in a world where they were not told that they should not exist.

    Although I appreciate and celebrate the Lovings. I also know that the fight against prejudice and discrimination has not ended. Although Loving v. Virginia allowed my parents to be together, I was still asked if I was my father’s child, couples have not been allowed to marry in their Churches because of race (i.e. https://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/kentucky-church-bans-interracial-marriage-150009470.html), and there is uproar when an interracial family represents Cheerios (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=188339389). Furthermore, some will use Loving Day, Interracial couples, and bi- and multi- racials to argue that we are now in a colorblind society. However, I believe that the Lovings teach us to celebrate our diversity, not ignore it.

    I am now in a relationship with a person who I love very much, who supports me in my endeavors, and with whom I have open frank conversations about race, ethnicity and history. We have chosen to celebrate Loving Day rather than Valentines Day. Therefore, The Lovings, Loving Day, and these beautiful rings designed by Dana Walden Chin, not only represent the love between my partner and I, but also the commitment we have to continuing the dialog on the increasingly diverse population that is the U.S.A. (One which we will be adding to one day!)

    — Olivia

  • May 29, 2014

    Loving Day means to me that the laws of most nations are unable to determine how love is expressed. As so many have benefited since the passing of “Loving v. Virginia (1967)”, others await State legitimacy of their love. One’s ethnicity no longer determine who you can or can not love and or marry; sadly, many other facets of our humanity still deny a person the right to love and or marry.
    I wear the necklace with the “Loving v. Virginia” Case ID that Dana made years ago (it is a simple long horizontal silver rectangle with ID no. stamped on one side and “b-side” on the other.) Love it, especially when people ask me what it means – too often people are not aware of the past and are shocked to learn of this law was repealed in 1967. I hope that this opens up the conversation , thereby questioning other current repressive and unfair laws, specifically the right to marry no matter sexual identity.
    We need to continue to fight laws so that all of humanity are respected and treated equally – especially for those to come – as Loving Day symbolizes, the State remains reflective of the white male heterosexual maj(min)ority unless challenged.
    Love freely!

    — Christy Fedirchuk

  • May 28, 2014

    One year ago I said “i do” to the love of my life in front of all our friends and family, Being born in Colombia, I never could have imagined sharing my life with my American husband, but it’s been a blessing ever since the day we met.

    — Laura

  • May 28, 2014

    I am a Mexican citizen raised in the United States and naturalized about 17years ago. I dated and married a white woman from Kansas in 2001, it was a difficult proposition because the legacy of this family did not include men of color. Since then the family has embraced 2 more interracial marriages, 4 interracial grand children and a new way of thinking about family bond and love. I am no longer married to this family but in December I will be marrying a wonderful woman who has embraced my interracial children (I proposed with the Celine engagement ring!). For me, Loving V Virginia not only removed shameful laws from our books so that interracial marriage bonds could be made, but it also frees conscientious white Americans from white guilt. And this is important because one can only be fully free when you live without guilt!

    Oscar

    — Oscar Guillen

  • May 28, 2014

    I remember telling my African-American son as he entered into manhood, “the person for you may be on the other side of the world” and behold she was. I now have a beautiful Filipino daughter-in-law. What God has joined together let no man put asunder…….

    — Donna Davis

  • May 21, 2014

    This year my husband and I get a chance to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. While we as a society are still facing discrimination, it is nothing like it once was. We are so thankful for all those couples who fought for their love and for the love of all those to follow in their foot steps. A couple months ago I peeked into my 2 year old’s Sunday School class and to my pleasant surprise every child in her classroom was biracial. We now have commercials that truly reflect our family. We must remember to continue to fight on and to look at the positive. There will always be people with hate in their hearts but it is in the hearts of those who show love and support that we should find our inspiration.

    — faith Jordan

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