Hence, those in same-sex relationships and those remarried without annulment are in pretty much the same position from the perspective of the church.
The parallel in the context of public policy is also apt, since American law recognizes the legality of divorce and remarriage and the church does not. American law’s time-honored deference to the separation of church and state is very much in evidence regarding divorce.
In the United States, interracial marriage, cohabitation and sex have been termed "miscegenation" since the term was coined in 1863.
“Things are much easier now than before, in part because of the diminishing power of the church,” she adds.
After the Second World War, an increasing number of states repealed their anti-miscegenation laws. Virginia, the remaining anti-miscegenation laws were held to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Similar laws were also enforced in Nazi Germany as part of the Nuremberg laws, and in South Africa as part of the system of Apartheid.
These laws were a part of American law since before the United States was established and remained so until ruled unconstitutional in 1967 by the U. All anti-miscegenation laws banned the marriage of whites and non-white groups, primarily blacks, but often also Native Americans and Asians.
In addition, the state of Oklahoma in 1908 banned marriage "between a person of African descent" and "any person not of African descent"; Louisiana in 1920 banned marriage between Native Americans and African Americans (and from 1920–1942, concubinage as well); and Maryland in 1935 banned marriages between blacks and Filipinos.