A half-century after the Supreme Court toppled laws banning interracial marriage, more than 1 in 6 newlyweds and 18 percent of black newlyweds have a spouse of another race. A report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center documents a steady rise in interracial marriage and the change in social mores that made it possible since the Supreme Court ruled on Loving v. Virginia in Back when the high court decided the case, marrying someone of another race often required not just love but also courage: In , 16 states still outlawed interracial marriages, and the Gallup Organization found that fewer than 20 percent of Americans approved of them. But attitudes and behaviors have shifted dramatically.
Interracial Marriages Face Pushback 50 Years After Loving
Interracial Marriage Laws History and Timeline
While opponents of interracial marriage today often say that such marriages are doomed, a number of longtime Hollywood couples consist of interracial duos. With this roundup, learn more about famous interracial couples, including gay and straight pairs. Terrence Howard accused the Black press of lashing out at him because of his marriage to an Asian woman he later claimed was racist. Wanda Sykes, another famous Black lesbian, married a white woman in Actor George Takei, a Japanese American, also has a white husband.
Interracial marriage: Who is ‘marrying out’?
What do tennis star Serena Williams, U. Kamala Harris and businesswoman Mellody Hobson have in common? But despite these real-world examples of interracial relationships, a Pew Research Center report found that black women are the least likely group of women to marry, especially outside of their own race. Despite this, Judice said race was not an important factor for most of the people she interviewed for the book. Black women are the only group of women in America who cannot take for granted that if they seek marriage to a black man that there will be an ample supply of available men from which to choose.
When you marry someone, you marry everything that made them who they are, including their culture and race. While marrying someone of a different race can have added challenges, if you go in with your eyes and heart wide open, you can face those challenges together and come out stronger. Here are a few things I've learned:. Your relationship needs to be tight enough not to let naysayers, societal pressure and family opinions wedge you apart, explained Stuart Fensterheim, a couples counselor based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and host of The Couples Expert podcast. Luckily, my husband and I haven't had to face many issues from the outside world.