Mixed Marriage

Archive Report

Touchy Subject of Interracial Marriage

The increasing number of Catholic-Protestant marriages in the United States, marriages contracted in the face of ecclesiastical disapproval, stands in sharp contrast to the small number of interracial marriages—marriages against which there are no religious bars. Yet public interest centers less intently on the interfaith than on the interracial marriage, particularly the interracial marriage that unites members of the white and black races. The desegregation movement has brought the once-taboo subject of interracial marriage to the fore. A root cause of opposition by white southerners to integration in the schools and elsewhere is their fear that it will promote such marriages. But religious bodies are frankly acknowledging that Christian brotherhood implies acceptance of interracial unions.

The constitutionality of state anti-miscegenation laws ...

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