Since the enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment, it took a century before mixed race marriages were legal, nationally, and that, at one time there was even talk about making a Constitutional Amendment banning ALL interracial marriages. I've been hearing and reading quite a few accounts from that era and the arguments and justifications for banning interracial marriages sounds astonishingly like the ones that are being raised, today, against homosexual marriages. It's pretty amazing how often the phrases, "It's unnatural!!", "God forbids...!", and "The Bible says..." were used then, too.
I've been told that the homosexual marriage folks aren't taking into account how much emotional charge there is in the issue or the fact that they're fighting a long history of engrained reflex where the issue is concerned. But then I look at how badly engrained the whole history against mixed-race marriages is, and while it took a century and a half, I know now that, in my group of friends and relations, at least, my marriage is NOT a problem for anyone. And the commitment and love that John and I have it something that many would celebrate.