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.