June 12 in LGBTQ History

1967: The U.S. Suprme Court strikes down Loving v. Virginia, a Virginia law against interracial marriages declaring that marriage is a “fundamental civil right” and that decisions in this arena are not those with which the State can interfere unless they have good cause.

1970: In what is described as “the first marriage in the nation designed to legally bind two persons of the same sex,” two lesbians-Neva Joy Heckman and Judith Ann Belew-are married by the Rev. Troy Perry in a small ceremony in Los Angeles.

1983: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple debuts on The New York Times best-seller list.

1989: Corcoran Gallery of Art director Christina Orr-Cahill announces the cancellation of “The Perfect Moment,” a show of 150 photos and objects by Robert Mapplethorpe that includes 13 s/m imagesfor fear of losing National Endowment for the Arts funding.

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