But how could that work in churches that did not accept divorce?A couple could be divorced in the eyes of the state and married in the eyes of the church.
Marriage, many clerics argued, was a matter for God and churches, not the state.
One of the key concerns was that the Act declared that any mixed marriages “solemnized” after the Act was passed would be nullified.
In 1925 it had been 0.8%, but by 1930 it was 0.4%, and by 1946 it was 0.2%.
The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act was designed to "protect" white political and social dominance by preventing a handful of people from blurring the line between white society and everyone else in South Africa.
55 of 1949) was one of the first pieces of apartheid legislation enacted after the National Party came to power in South Africa in 1948.
The Act banned marriages between “Europeans and non-Europeans,” which, in the language of the time, meant that white people could not marry people of other races.
It also made it a criminal offense for a marriage officer to perform an interracial marriage ceremony.
The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act did not, however, prevent other so-called mixed marriages between non-white people.
It was in the 1980s that Apartheid began to all apart.
And then in 1985 when mixed marriages were once again allowed, everything else seemed to gall in place.