Mildred and Richard Loving were a mixed race couple from Virginia who were arrested by local law enforcement in July for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act of which prohibited White-Black marriages. To add insult to injury, they were told that they had to leave the state for a minimum of nine years in order to avoid prosecution and imprisonment. For the next several years they would file a number of legal appeals to combat such an injustice. In , their case went all the way to the U.
When Culture Becomes Theology: Interracial Marriage in the American Church
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All About The Swirl, Baby! Interracial Couples In The United States . . . By The Numbers
The body of Christ has played an unfortunate role in stigmatizing interracial marriage in the United States. Interracial unions were common in the early days of American settlement when European men intermarried with Native American women and with freed people of African descent. But as America developed a slavery-based economy, many pastors began to preach that slavery was ordained and blessed by God.
Interracial marriage in the United States has been legal throughout the United States since at least the U. Supreme Court Warren Court decision Loving v. Virginia that held that "anti-miscegenation" laws were unconstitutional. The number of interracial marriages as a proportion of all marriages has been increasing since , so that by Interracial marriage has continued to rise throughout the s.