There are very few records of marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans during this time period and many considered such relationships unthinkable.Nevertheless, Marie-Claude’s parents reportedly gave their blessing for the union, and while the couple soon found themselves in financial difficulties, the marriage seems to have been a happy one.The last law officially prohibiting interracial marriage was repealed in Alabama in 2000.While attending law school in England, Ruth met Sir Seretse Khama (then Prince Seretse Khama), the chief of the Bamangwato tribe, who became Botswana's first president in 1966.
In 1921, the two met in Stamford, Connecticut at a clinic where Kip was working through his issues of anxiety and stuttering.
With Bahá’í leader Abdu’l-Bahá declaring his staunch support for interracial marriages, Louis and Louisa were married in 1912 in New York, becoming the first interracial Bahá’í couple.
Louis Gregory became a strong advocate for racial unity in both the United States as well as within the Bahá’í community; his most significant expression of the teachings of his faith come from his marriage.
A year later, Marie-Claude died giving birth to their first child and Huang, heartbroken, followed her a year later.
Historians have speculated that their unusual marriage was one of the first of its kind.
After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of 1967.