Interacial dating marriage
Some racial groups are more likely to intermarry than others.
Of the 3.6 million adults who got married in 2013, 58% of American Indians, 28% of Asians, 19% of blacks and 7% of whites have a spouse whose race was different from their own.
The trend toward more interracial marriages is undoubtedly related, at least in part, to changing social norms.
Our previous surveys have documented growing acceptance among the public.
Fully a quarter of black men who got married in 2013 married someone who was not black.
Only 12% of black women married outside of their race.
And these cases began almost a century before, in the 1800s.
The story of how childhood sweethearts Mildred and Richard Loving brought about one of the most important US legal rulings of the 20th century is a long one — and one that did not begin with them and their case.
For Kinney and Miller, their challenge ended in failure, with the Court ruling that "there can be no doubt as to the power of every country to make laws regulating the marriage of its own subjects; to declare who may marry, how they may marry, and what shall be the legal consequences of their marrying".
And the Supreme Court didn't do any better in 1883, when it ruled in ) weren't experiencing unequal protection under the law — even though the punishment for same-race couples who lived together was much more lenient.
"Anti-miscegenation laws" — specific laws that prohibited marriage between people of different races — have a long and brutal history in the US that reaches back to the colonial era; a history that we're still fighting today.
In honor of Loving Day, let's be sure that we know our history.
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Many states decided to "solve" the issue by banning marriage, sex, cohabitation or some combination of the three between races.