Interracial Marriage at All Time High

by Jason Stotts

CNN is reporting that interracial marriage has hit an all time high and that today roughly 1 out of 7 marriages are interracial.

Apparently, race is mattering less these days, say researchers at the Pew Research Center, who report that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. The report released Friday, which interviewed couples married for less than a year, found racial lines are blurring as more people choose to marry outside their race.

[…] interracial marriages have soared since the 1980s. About 6.8 percent of newly married couples reported marrying outside their race or ethnicity in 1980. That figure jumped to about 14.6 percent in the Pew report released this week, which surveyed newlyweds in 2008.

Today’s growing acceptance of interracial marriages is a contrast to the overwhelming attitudes 50 years ago that such marriage was wrong — and even illegal. During most of U.S. history, interracial marriages have been banned or considered taboo, sociologists say.

The fact that ideas about interracial marriage, which was once considered highly taboo and was illegal in most places in the US, have changed so much in less than fifty years since Loving v. Virginia (1967), should be encouraging for same-sex marriage supporters.  It goes to show that in the long term, irrationality always loses if we stand up for what is right.

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