What Does Your Loving Portrait Look Like?

What Does Your Loving Portrait Look Like?

The Loving film is getting a lot of buzz. And if you know the real story behind the movie, you know why. Until the United States Supreme Court decision on June 12, 1967 to overturn anti-miscegenation laws, interracial marriage had been legal in all but sixteen holdout states.

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Photo courtesy of By Certes [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of By Certes [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My parents were married in 1960, in New York City, one of the gray states. My mother was Black and Japanese and my father was German, Dutch and Irish.

And while it had always been legal for them to get married in New York, people’s attitudes toward interracial marriage mimicked those of bigots the world over: disapproval and disgust. My parents’ Loving portrait didn’t start out so picture perfect. My father’s father disowned him and my brothers and I never know him (no loss) or my paternal grandmother.

My father George Orick on the left and my mother Emily Allen Orick on the right.

My father George Orick on the left and my mother Emily Allen Orick on the right. Both photos were taken in 1958 two years before they got married.

Their marriage endured and they went on to have three kids: my brothers and me.

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Today I am married to Paul, who’s Black. Here we are (I have the blue shirt on and glasses and Paul is next to me) with friends and family.

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Here are other “Loving” Portraits.

Tiffany Streeter-Marshall and Shane Marshall on their wedding day November 18, 2014.

Tiffany Streeter-Marshall, who is Irish American with her husband Shane Marshall, who is Jamaican.

Tiffany Streeter-Marshall, who is Irish American with her husband Shane Marshall, who is Jamaican.

The Loving Portrait of the Angel Family.

Shanelle is African American and White and her husband, André, is also African American. Together they are raising their beautifully blended son Omari.

Shanelle is African American and White and her husband, André, is also African American. Together they are raising their beautifully blended son Omari.

The Loving Portrait of Stev Fair and his family.

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The Loving Portrait of the White Family.

The White Family: L to R: Father Armand holds baby Will, Bella Jean is sitting on Tyler's knee and mom Leigh is on the right.

The White Family: L to R: Father Armand holds baby Will, Bella Jean is sitting on Tyler’s knee and mom Leigh is on the right.

The Loving Portrait of Shay Smith’s Parents. Read her Stages of Being Biracial here12112402_10206627909809596_144666160713184698_n

The Loving Portrait of Shannon Rutherford-Hardin’s Parents. Read her Stages of Being Biracial here.

Martha and Wesley Rutherford on their wedding day in 1960.

Martha and Wesley Rutherford on their wedding day in 1960.

The Loving Portrait of Luke Visagie and Maja Dežlović. Read Maja’s Stages of Being Biracial here.

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Luke and Maja’s wedding day, September 12, 2015.

What Does Your Loving Portrait look like?

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Multiracial Media co-founder Alex Barnett and his wife.

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