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Laws prohibiting interracial marriages and interpretations of such laws have caused much confusion for lawyers, law students, and sociologists. Most discussion concerning this subject is based purely upon hearsay without reference to statutes or cases. A survey of the statutes prohibiting interracial marriages and decisions interpreting those statutes and a study of the effect of violating such statutes should aid in clarification. Only by understanding the present policy of the states and the reasons for such policy is it possible to make any intelligent speculation as to the future of this phase of the law.