That’s about 12 percent, nearly double the share in 1980 when it was 6.7 percent.
The study comes as the new movie “Loving” is set to debut in theaters in November.
At that time, 24 states across the country had laws strictly prohibiting marriage between people of different races.
At that time, less than 50% of Americans thought interracial dating was acceptable. Our examination of the data suggests that the increasing rate of intermarriage may be driven by demographic changes more than changing attitudes.On July 11, 1958, newlyweds Richard and Mildred Loving were asleep in bed when three armed police officers burst into the room.The couple were hauled from their house and thrown into jail, where Mildred remained for several days, all for the crime of getting married.In order to evade Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act, the pair had traveled to Washington, D. In 1963, they approached the American Civil Liberties Union to fight their case in court.After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of 1967.The were between Blacks and Whites, nearly twenty times higher than in 1950.And more than 15% were “intermarriages” – marriages between people who don’t identify as the same racial or ethnic group, up from 6.7% in 1980.Jeter, a Black and Native American woman, and Loving, a White man, fell in love and decided to get married.They lived in Virginia, one of the states that still banned “miscegenation” – the derogatory term used to describe interracial coupling – so they needed to travel to the District of Columbia to be officially recognized as a couple.Half or 50% of African Americans have never been married compared to 33% of all Americans.After viewing the available data, we can see that although fewer black women are “now married”, more black women than Black men have been married at least once.