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Questions about Interracial Marriage Laws

Interracial marriage occurs when two people of differing racial groups marry and form a family unit. Mixing of different racial groups in marriage and sexual relations often give rise to many questions — ethical, moral as well as legal. The Family Lawyers on JustAnswer can answer questions about interracial marriage that you may have. Below are five of the top interracial marriage questions that have been answered on JustAnswer.

Does the bible condemn interracial marriage?

The bible doesn’t talk for or against interracial marriage in the scriptures. It does however speak of people dating outside of their religion. Many people have misunderstood or misquoted scriptures to rationalize racial prejudice. Some of these scriptures may have been taken out of context to lead people to believe that interracial marriage is wrong.

When did interracial marriage become legal?

Many people are unaware that at one point in time, interracial marriage was considered to be a crime. People were forbidden to marry outside their race and faced criminal charges for attempting to do so. The term miscegenation was used to with reference to interracial marriage, which means to “mix”. Over the years, miscegenation had been used in the context of laws that banned interracial marriage, however, in today’s society using the term is often considered offensive and to be in bad taste.

In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of interracial marriage was unconstitutional, thus making interracial marriage legal throughout the United States. This event stems from the case of Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1(1967).

How many states had laws against interracial marriage in America before the Supreme Court declared those laws unconstitutional?

There were sixteen states that had laws against interracial marriage in the United States before the Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional. Among the states opposed to interracial marriage were Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Can a person sue someone for bashing interracial marriage on the internet?

People have the right to speech and expression. In other words, anyone can post their views and opinions on the internet as long as no one is directly harmed. Usually, a person cannot sue another person for emotional distress caused by something that was seen on the internet, unless there was a direct and personal reference made against an individual that could result in defamation of character, slander or some other infringement on an individual’s rights.

Is it considered interracial discrimination if a salesperson uses slurs towards interracial married customers?

Usually this would not be considered interracial discrimination unless the salesperson refused to sell the couple an item or the insults prevented them from making a purchase. Using rude or racial comments toward customers would probably fall under racial discrimination.

There may come a time when you find yourself in a situation that requires the experience of a legal Expert. Even though you have friends and family members who are willing to give you an opinion, you probably need something more solid and credible that would stand up in court. If you have questions about interracial marriage or interracial marriage laws, you can ask Family Lawyers on JustAnswer. The Experts on JustAnswer cover a wide variety of interracial marriage questions and can offer experienced legal insight to your questions.
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