TIL Alabama was the last state in the US to repeal anti-miscegenation laws in 2000, allowing mixed race couples to marry

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_Alabama_Amendment_2

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  1. Figures….They’re also the poorest state, the least educated state, the fattest state, the most Republican state, the most racist state, they’re just the worst state overall in the union

  2. And people love to say “why is race so important”, “why do we have to talk about race”, “that was so long ago”.

    If Alabama allowed mixed race couples to marry only 21 years ago, we clearly need to be talking *more* about race and how we got to this point.

  3. Interracial marriage was already legal in Alabama at the time. The Supreme Court declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional in 1967 ([Loving v. Virginia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia)), so the effect of the amendment was to remove an unenforceable law from the books.

    That being said, it’s unsettling how so many people were unwilling to have the law repealed. The repeal passed with 59.5% of the vote and there were a number of counties with a majority voting against it.

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