For a while, the newly formed group went about its business as College Dems at any other school would.
They held meetings and drank too much coffee and campaigned aggressively for Barack Obama.
Oliver recounted the story of an interracial couple forced to leave Virginia in the 1950s or face jail time for being married. But, "in 1958, there were 16 states in this country that prohibited -- prohibited -- an African-American and a Caucasian from being married," Oliver (D-Essex) said on Jan. "Without question, Senator (Stephen) Sweeney said it best: this is a civil rights issue.
It is a snapshot in time in the history of our country issue.
Six years later, David Nasser, Liberty’s senior vice president for spiritual development, set about booking guest speakers for the school’s “convocations,” the semiweekly school assemblies that evolved from chapel services.
He reached out to the expected list of people: Christian musician David Crowder, Rep. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), a Jewish, self-styled “Democratic socialist” who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, defends Planned Parenthood and has called for a downward “transfer” of wealth from the top 1 percent to the middle class.
It put the number of states where interracial marriage was illegal in 1958 at 16.Alabama was the last state to overturn the legalization of interracial marriages.The high profile case of Mildred and Richard Loving, a Virginian married couple that was criminally charged for getting married under the interracial marriage ban, has been an inspiring and monumental example of the hardships interracial couples have faced as a result of the arbitrary law that was once enforced in the Southern states.Gay rights advocates are casting the fight for same-sex marriage as a struggle mirrored in the nation’s past."This is a civil rights issue," Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said during a news conference announcing Democratic plans to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Supreme Court eventually heard Richard and Mildred Loving’s case and ruled state statutes banning interracial marriage unconstitutional.According to televangelist and 700 Club host Pat Robertson, the IRS was completely in the wrong to strip Bob Jones University of its tax-exempt status, after finding the school’s ban in interracial dating to be discriminatory.Commenting on a 700 Club report and using Bob Jones University as an example, Robertson said it’s “chilling” to think about the prospect of government punishing Christian schools for opposing same-sex marriage.“It only takes 50 percent to win, and 60 percent of the people voted to get rid of the law, but what’s interesting is that this is the year 2000 and 40 percent of the people voted to keep the law.” While couples in the South during the 21st century are still able to court and even get married, there are still some forms of discrimination that arise in modern day interracial relationships.Markita Daniel, a current UA student who majors in telecommunication and film, said that she is now married but has been in other previous interracial relationships where she received some unfavorable comments on her and her spouse’s choice to date.The policy is now gone, but challenges that resulted from it remain."Following decades of the one-child policy, China is now faced with a shocking gender imbalance — for every girl below the age of 18 in China, there are now three boys," the article noted.