Alabama considers lifting interracial marriage ban
CNN - Alabama considers lifting interracial marriage ban - March 12,
Interracial marriage had already been legalized nationwide 33 years prior in , following Loving v. The amendment appeared on the ballot as follows: . Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of , to abolish the prohibition of interracial marriages. Proposed by Act No. Numerous counties with high white populations voted against the amendment, while counties with high black populations voted for it. Alabama was the last state to repeal anti-miscegenation laws.
Alabama used the states' right argument to ban marriages before — for interracial couples
Gallery: Interracial in Alabama: One couple shares their journey. It was the late s, so, not surprisingly, race was the powder keg amid every encounter between whites and blacks in the tiny town--which, of course, boasted a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Once, Reggie befriended an African-American boy from across town, often inviting him to his all-white neighborhood.