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Legalize Love

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Concept: Civil Rights

STORY

 

ON [Redefining] MARRIAGE

The fight to allow same sex couples to marry is starting to feel all too familiar. 

When I was 7 years old, my parents called me downstairs for a family discussion. We were going to talk about their interracial marriage and my biracial identity. I learned that their marriage was unique -- my Mother is Irish American and my Father is Chinese American -- and that sadly, some people could not understand the beauty of their union. Growing up in a largely homogenous town in Central Maine, I would soon become familiar with the concept of intolerance. My family was different, I was different, and sometimes I just wanted to be "the same".

“Some people may not accept you because of your mixed race,” my Mother told me with glossy eyes, “but always remember that what really defines you is your character. Always listen to your gut and fight for what you believe in”.

I’ve been creating socially conscious jewelry for over 8 years now. I realized in my early 20’s that I could fight for what I believe in, by using jewelry as my vehicle of expression. 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 parents equality and engraved it onto wedding bands and jewelry. This case would become even more special to me in 2011, when I married my mulit-ethnic wife and partner, Radika.

We all understand what it’s like to be called “less than” at some point in our lives. We all understand what it’s liked to be told that we’re “different”. So, it’s fair to say that we can all conceive how important it is to stand alongside those that are being marginalized. Let’s fight for the rights of same sex couples. Let’s legalize love...and dignity, and respect, and compassion for every person under the law.

No Freedom till' we're equal. Damn right I support it.

-Dana

DETAILS

* Recycled brass & sterling silver with enamel

* Approx 16"

* Each piece may vary slightly due to the handmade nature of our work

PRODUCTION TIME

Dana Walden jewelry is handmade to order and not mass-produced. Please allow 5-7 business days for this item to be crafted. This does not include delivery time.

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