There were a small number of interracial marriages prior to that law, and while there was not much media coverage given to these people during Apartheid, their marriages were not automatically annulled.
However, 40 percent of the citizens voted to keep this law.
“This is the year 2000, this is a new millennium, the voters voted to remove the law from the books but what’s interesting is the margin,” Steele said.
Alabama was the last state to overturn the legalization of interracial marriages.
The high profile case of Mildred and Richard Loving, a Virginian married couple that was criminally charged for getting married under the interracial marriage ban, has been an inspiring and monumental example of the hardships interracial couples have faced as a result of the arbitrary law that was once enforced in the Southern states.
Officially, there were no interracial marriages under Apartheid, but in reality, the picture was much more complicated.