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 The word "miscegenation" involves marriage, sexual relations, and partnership between two people of different races. It also refers to the breeding brought about by interracial marriages. The term was coined in 1863 from the Latin word "miscere", meaning mix, and "genus", meaning race.

A common misconception on this word and its synonymous term, "interracial relationship", is that it is a relationship committed to by a black and a white person. However, interracial does not only pertain to Blacks and White. It could also convey a relationship between a Black and an Asian, a White and an Asian, a Hispanic and an Asian, a White and a Hispanic, etc.

The first interracial marriage on record is the marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahonas in 1614. Although backed up by strong political figures such as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, interracial marriage received scrutiny and was not entirely welcomed by everybody. Confined to the belief that certain races were inferior to others, people belonging to the "superior" races contested the idea.

Interracial marriages were first banned in 1661 in Virginia and Maryland, English colonies that used slavery as a way to get free labor. The first laws enacted were only written to regulate Black and White marriages. Later on, laws were drafted completely forbidding Blacks and Whites to marry.

The laws banning marriage between Blacks and Whites were meant to resolve confusion on how to classify children of both Black and White descent as a Black slave or a White free person. In addition, interracial marriages were banned to prevent Blacks from assuming the status of Whites.

In 1691, Virginia put in effect a law stating that all Black women with a half-Black, half-White child choose between paying a fine or being put into prison. In Maryland, any White woman who chooses to marry a Black slave man must serve her husband's masters for as long as they are married.

In 1924, Virginia expressed stronger aversion towards interracial marriages by passing a law that stated that no White will be allowed to marry anyone with the slightest drop of Negro blood. It is said that if a person is ninety-nine percent White and one percent Black, he or she will be considered Black.

By the 1950s, the number of states implementing anti-miscegenation has more than doubled. The laws regarding interracial marriages were no longer limited to Blacks and Whites, but also to Native Americans, Hispanics, Malayans, etc.

It was only until 1967, in Loving vs. Virginia, that all anti-miscegenation laws were eradicated. An interracial couple, Mr. Richard Loving, a white man, and Ms. Mildred Jeter, a black woman, left for Virginia for Washington DC to get married. On their return home, they were arrested and convicted of violating Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws. They claimed that the Loving marriage was not in effect in Virginia.

The couple moved to Washington DC and fought for the legality of their marriage for nearly a decade. In the end, it was ruled that marriage may only be decided by the individual. This ruling has completely eradicated anti-miscegenation laws through the United States.

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