Have any states in the U.S. ever outlawed inter-racial marriage.?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    16 states outlawed interracial marriage, mostly in the south.

    The laws stood mostly unchallenged until 1958. Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, a white man and black woman, got married in the District of Columbia. They later moved to Virginia, where interracial marriage was illegal. They were convicted of violating the crime and appealed.

    The Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, held that laws against interracial marriage violated the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

    Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).

    They said in that case:

    "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival. Skinner v. State of Oklahoma, 316 U.S. 535, 541, 62 S.Ct. 1110, 1113, 86 L.Ed. 1655 (1942). See also Maynard v. Hill, 125 U.S. 190, 8 S.Ct. 723, 31 L.Ed. 654 (1888). To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."

    Source(s): Required reading at every law school in the country :-P
  • 4 years ago

    it would probable be overturned based on the precedent of Loving v Virginia. although, interracial marriage did not attempt to alter the GENDERS of the married couple. the sole challenge addressed exchange into epidermis colour. extra, considering you single out Christians, it is going to be remembered that for the time of Loving v Virgina, area of the argument FOR overturning VA regulation exchange into that the concept the regulation exchange into based in Scripture would desire to be proved fake. comparable intercourse marriage, on the different hand, has that scriptural foundation, so Christians can certainly verify with the scripture as a source. So, a decide who knew what they have been doing would assist you to realize Loving v Virginia isn't a precedent for citation given the argument you attempt to construct.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, it has never been outlawed. Back years and years ago tho you would not have been able to find a preacher to do the services. The times have changed now.

  • beez
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Several. Start with all the Southern states.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think interracial marriage was ever outlawed like it was in South Africa. It was left to social pressure and other acts to stop interracial marriage.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    All southern states, border states, DC. So yes.

  • 1 decade ago

    YOu mean since it BECAME LEGAL? I dont think so.........you might get a cross burning on your lawn for a honeymoon, though.

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