When it comes to marriage, race and ethnicity matter less

  • When it comes to marriage, race and ethnicity matter less

When it comes to marriage, race and ethnicity matter less

Overall, the rate of intermarriages is increasing, with only 3 percent of newlyweds in 1967 being intermarried, and 17 percent in 2015.

Asian and Hispanic women were the most likely to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, while Hispanic and black men were the most likely among men, the data showed.

One in six newlyweds nationwide married someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, according to U.S. Census data. Intermarriages are more common in metro areas than non-metro areas.

One one hand, Asheville, North Carolina, where only 3 percent of newlyweds are intermarried and 85 percentof the population is white, fits with the idea that diversity-or lack thereof-drives intermarriage rates. Nearly the same proportion of Hispanics newlyweds (27 percent) were one part of an interracial couple.

Some 19 percent of marriages over a recent five-year period in the Chicago area were between people of different races or ethnicities, a new report says. Until this ruling, interracial marriages were forbidden in many states. The Lovings were thrown into a Virginia jail in 1958 for violating the state's ban on interracial marriage.

Interracial marriage has been legal in the United States since 1967, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the practice was legal via its landmark decision in the Loving v. Virginia case.

The study found that 53 percent of those surveyed had no strong opinions on intermarriage, while 39 percent said it was a good thing and eight percent said it was a bad thing.

The report also shows that the more educated you are, regardless of your race, the more likely you are to marry someone of a different racial and/or ethnic background. While the study found that those living in metro areas were 64 percent more likely to intermarry, the trend varied wildly over racial lines.

Interracial marriage has grown steadily more popular nationally over the past 50 years.

The concept of race is no longer accepted by many people, said Stephanie Coontz, Council on Contemporary Families director of research and education and a history professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In Denver, 14 percent of whites married someone of a different race, compared with 36 percent of Hispanics. "If you look at the breakdown of the marriage market there, it really is such a mix, with no racial or ethnic group counts for more than half of the pool", she says.

Republicans are significantly less likely than Democrats to agree with that, with only 28 percent saying it's "good for society" compared to 49 percent of people who lean Democratic. While about one-fourth of recently married black men (24%) have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, this share is 12% among recently married black women.

Nine years after the couple's arrest, the nation's high court overturned their criminal convictions and struck down Virginia's law as a violation of both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. The most common racial/ethnic makeup of an intermarried pair of newlyweds was a white persona married to a Hispanic person.