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Published On: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2012

Interracial marriages on the rise

Weekly Edition | February 23, 2012 | By: NP writer

In 2000, Alabama became the last state to remove its unenforceable ban on intermarriage.

Pat Buchanan wrote a book titled, “Suicide of a Superpower,” it was published in October. Almost immediately, Buchanan was baked for writing chapters such as the one entitled “The End of White America,” he was fired from MSNBC and the networks president Phil Griffin said that sections of the book were not “appropriate for the national dialogue”

In history it wasn’t allowed, Marriage across racial lines is more common in the Western states but now Interracial and inter-ethnic marriages are at an all-time high in the US, according to a new study done by Pew Research Center. In 2010, 15% of all new marriages were between couples of a difference race or ethnic group, up from 7% in 1980. It showed increasing public acceptance of intermarriage, with 43% saying it as been a societal change for the better.

Pew said Asian and Hispanic newlyweds were the most likely to marry someone across racial or ethnic lines. The US Supreme Court barred states from using race-based restrictions on marriage in 1967. In 2000, Alabama became the last state to remove its unenforceable ban on intermarriage.

“In the past century, intermarriage has evolved from being illegal, to be a taboo and then to be merely unusual,” Paul Taylor, director of Pew’s Social & Demographic Trends said. “And with each passing year, it becomes less unusual.”

The Pew study also said in In 2010, the total number of all intermarried couples in the US reached an all-time high of 8.4%. Mr Taylor said that while high, interracial marriages among Hispanics and Asians may be slowing recently as recent immigration provides ethnically similar partners.

However, the growing number of inter-race and inter-ethnic marriages is a long-term trend, he said. adding “Behaviors have changed and attitudes have changed,” Mr Taylor said. “For younger Americans, racial and ethnic diversity are a part of their lives.”

In new study, nearly two-thirds of Americans said it “would be fine” if a member of their own family were to marry outside their race.

In 1986, a similar set of questions suggested the US was more divided, with 28% saying intermarriage was not acceptable at all, and 37% saying it was not acceptable for themselves. In Hawaii, more than four in 10 of all new marriages were between different races.

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Interracial marriages on the rise