Maryland bans interracial marriage to prevent White women from continuing to marry the enslaved Black men.
1664 (Sep 20)
Maryland took the lead in passing laws against the marriage of English women to Black men. The preamble of the statute justified the prohibition of intermarriage because "diverse freeborn English women, forgetful of their free condition, and to the disgrace of our nation, do intermarry with Negro slaves," causing, among other things, questions over the status of such Blacks. The law was passed to remove this problem and to deter "such free-born women from such shameful matches."