1 in 6 newlywed spouses are of different race or ethnicity

1 in 6 newlywed spouses are of different race or ethnicity

1 in 6 newlywed spouses are of different race or ethnicity

WASHINGTON-One in six American newlyweds married someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, a fivefold increase in the 50 years since the Supreme Court recognized a nationwide right to intermarriage, according to new data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

A new study says that 1 in 6 people who married in 2015 Wednesday someone of a difference race or ethnicity, the highest proportion in American history.

Among all married Americans, about 10 percent, or 11 million people, had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, said Pew, which based its report on Census Bureau data.

It's been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-miscegenation - Jim Crow-era laws banning interracial marriages - was unconstitutional.

That year, only 3 per cent of newlyweds were intermarried - which means they had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity.

Despite lagging behind Asian and Hispanic newlyweds, black and white newlyweds experienced the most dramatic growth in the rate of interracial and interethnic marriages. "But I think that a greater reason is the growing diversity of the population".

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The most common or ethnic pairing among newlywed intermarried couples is one Hispanic and one white spouse (42 percent). As a result of that ruling and increasing social acceptance, interracial marriage is more common than it has ever been in the U.S. Only 10 per cent of white women married outside their race or ethnicity, while only 12 per cent of black women were involved in intermarriage - half the rate of black men.

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The Pew Research Center also found that Asians were the group most likely to marry outside of their race. "But on the other hand, Jackson, Mississippi, is relatively diverse, there are relatively high shares of both whites and blacks in the marriage market, yet intermarriage is quite low there, at 3 percent", Livingston says.

Before then, marriages between people of different races and ethnicities were illegal in many states. The Supreme Court struck down the Virginia law and those in roughly one-third of the states in 1967. Intermarriage involves a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic, or ties between non-Hispanic spouses from different racial groups. In Asheville, the pool of potential spouses is 85 percent white, the analysis said.

Newlyweds in metropolitan areas are more likely to be intermarried than those living outside those regions (18-11 percent).

A narrow majority of Americans surveyed in February say interracial marriages don't make a difference in society, with 39 percent saying it's a good thing and 9 percent saying it's bad for society.

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