Interracial marriage

Richard and Mildred Loving. Loving v. Virginia was the landmark Supreme Court case that wiped away state laws banning interracial marriage in the United States
Prince Harry and his then-fiancée, now wife, Meghan Markle going to church in 2017

Interracial marriage is a form of marriage outside a specific social group (exogamy) involving spouses who belong to different socially-defined races or racialized ethnicities.

In the past, such marriages were outlawed in the United States and in South Africa as miscegenation. It became legal throughout the United States in 1967, following the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Loving v. Virginia that race-based restrictions on marriages violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.


Many jurisdictions have had regulations banning or restricting not just interracial marriage but also interracial sexual relations, including Germany during the Nazi period, South Africa under apartheid, and many states in the United States prior to a 1967 Supreme Court decision.