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The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 of 1949, was an apartheid law in South Africa
South Africa
that prohibited marriages between "Europeans" and "non-Europeans". It was among the first pieces of apartheid legislation to be passed following the National Party's rise to power in 1948. Subsequent legislation, especially the Population Registration and Immorality Acts of 1950, facilitated its implementation by requiring all individuals living in South Africa
South Africa
to register as a member of one of four officially defined racial groups and prohibiting extramarital sexual relationships between people of different races.

Contents

1 Legislative history 2 See also 3 References 4 Further reading 5 External links

Legislative history[edit] In the three years before its enactment, mixed marriages accounted for just 0.23% of all marriages in the country.[1] The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act of 1968 updated the original legislation to invalidate interracial marriages involving a South African citizen that were contracted in other countries. The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act was repealed by the Immorality and Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act, 1985, which was passed during the presidency of P. W. Botha.[2] See also[edit]

Discrimination portal South Africa
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portal

Anti-miscegenation laws Apartheid
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legislation in South Africa Interracial marriage

References[edit]

^ Boddy-Evans, Alistair (2010). "African History".  ^ Johnson, Shaun (1989). South Africa: no turning back. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-35395-5. 

Further reading[edit]

Mixed Marriages Act, South End Museum The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act commences, SA History

External links[edit]

Texts on Wikisource:

Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, 1949 Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act, 1968 Immorality and Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act, 1985

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Apartheid
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legislation in South Africa

Precursors (before 1948)

Hut tax (1884) Franchise and Ballot Act (1892) Glen Grey Act (1894) Natal Legislative Assembly Bill (1894) Transvaal Asiatic Registration Act (1906) South Africa
South Africa
Act (1909) Mines and Works Act (1911) Natives Land Act (1913) Natives (Urban Areas) Act (1923) Immorality Act (1927) Native Administration Act (1927) Representation of Natives Act (1936) Native Trust and Land Act (1936) Native (Urban Areas) Consolidation Act (1945) Asiatic Land Tenure Act (1946)

Malan to Verwoerd (1948–1966)

Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949) Immorality Amendment Act (1950) Population Registration Act
Population Registration Act
(1950) Group Areas Act
Group Areas Act
(1950) Suppression of Communism Act (1950) Native Building Workers Act (1951) Separate Representation of Voters Act (1951) Prevention of Illegal Squatting Act (1951) Bantu Authorities Act (1951) Native Laws Amendment Act (1952) Pass Laws Act (1952) Public Safety Act (1953) Native Labour (Settlement of Disputes) Act (1953) Bantu Education Act (1953) Reservation of Separate Amenities Act (1953) Natives Resettlement Act (1954) Group Areas Development Act (1955) Riotous Assemblies Act (1956) Industrial Conciliation Act (1956) Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act (1956) Immorality Act (1957) Bantu Investment Corporation Act (1959) Extension of University Education Act (1959) Promotion of Bantu Self-government Act (1959) Unlawful Organizations Act (1960) Indemnity Act (1961) Coloured Persons Communal Reserves Act (1961) Republic of South Africa
South Africa
Constitution Act (1961) Urban Bantu Councils Act (1961) General Law Amendment Act (1963) Coloured Persons Representative Council Act (1964)

Post-Verwoerd (1966–1994)

Terrorism Act (1967) Separate Representation of Voters Amendment Act (1968) Prohibition of Political Interference Act (1968) Bantu Homelands Citizenship Act (1970) Bantu Homelands Constitution Act (1971) Aliens Control Act (1973) Indemnity Act (1977) National Key Points Act (1980) - List of National Key Points Internal Security Act (1982) Black Local Authorities Act (1982) Republic of South Africa
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Constitution Act (1983)

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