Miscegenation Law and Legal Definition

Miscegenation refers to a marriage between persons of different races. This was formerly considered as illegal in some jurisdictions. Miscegenation is also termed as mixed marriage or interracial marriage. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court held that laws banning interracial marriages are unconstitutional. The last remaining state-law ban on interracial marriages was a provision in the Alabama constitution. The Alabama legislature voted to repeal the ban. Subsequently in 1999, subject to a vote of the state's citizens, the repeal became effective in 2000.