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Eugene group celebrates interracial love on Father's Day

H.O.N.E.Y., which stands for honoring our new ethnic youth, is a Eugene group that emphasizes the acceptance of interracial people. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - One group in Eugene is continuing the celebration of interracial love, 50 years later.

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the supreme court decision to allow whites and blacks to marry in the United States.

On Sunday, a group of people put a spin on Father’s Day to celebrate entire families and their mixed roots.

The group calls itself H.O.N.E.Y which stands for honoring our new ethnic youth.

They are a Eugene group that emphasizes the acceptance of interracial people.

Sunday’s celebration was held at Alton Baker Park.

It included performances by the Inspirational Sounds Gospel Choir, and spoken word.

“We're human beings, we have freedom of choice, and sometimes we face adversity,” said Sarah and Randy Ross, a Eugene interracial couple who have been married for 40 years.

The Ross family started the group called H.O.N.E.Y in 1983.

They had the help of other parents who wanted their mixed children to have a place where they could feel accepted.

Today, their daughter leads the interracial family organization.

“As a ten-year-old I didn't really know what that meant. But growing up and throughout the years, my mom, she petitioned the 4J school board and got them to make a category that says check all that apply so that interracial children could have a place in the world. Being told to pick only one is like being told which parent do you love more,” said Ayanna Moriguchi, H.O.N.E.Y president

Fifty years ago, it was illegal for interracial couples to get married.

The Loving family took their case against the state of Virginia to the supreme court.

That was the start to the freedoms interracial couples have today.

“Now interracial kids are like, everyone in my class is mixed, but 30 or 40 years ago, it wasn't like that,” said Moriguchi.

“We call ourselves the army of harmony sometimes but that could include everybody,” said Sarah and Randy Ross.

The Ross family said these days, H.O.N.E.Y focuses more on a racially harmonious society and keeping the peace among cultures.

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