Alabama is the last state to have a constitutional ban of interracial marriage. While no longer enforceable due to its conflict with US Law, many Alabamians want the archaic language removed from the state’s constitution. Major Cox has written on this and related topics on numerous occasions. He and Margaret, his wife, have appeared on television worldwide (via CNN and South African television) speaking out on the need to update the constitution to modern standards.
On November 7th, the citizens of Alabama voted to remove the language “banning” inter-racial marriage from the constitution by a narrow 60-40 margin (in other words, 4 out of 10 people voted to leave the words in!).
Links to related articles, as well as newer updates, follow:
Alabama Last to Have Law on Books, September 2000
Text of the Alabama’s Ballot Measure
Ending Interracial Marriage Ban Ought to be No-brainer, 9 December 1998
‘One-Drop Rule’ Still Haunts Us, 22 April 1998
Lovings Case’s Lessons Linger, 16 July 1997
What’s Wrong With Biracial Label? , 6 November 1996