Perceptions of changes in marriage

This has nothing to do with international issues. But it does have something to do with making connections between events from today and the past.

I just hope that some journalists look at the latest PEW report on Intermarriage and make the connection to Loving v. Virginia. (Hear the Loving argument as an MP3 file before the Supreme Court.)

Some points from the Pew report:

  • About 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980 (6.7%). Among all newlyweds in 2010, 9% of whites, 17% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 28% of Asians married out. Looking at all married couples in 2010, regardless of when they married, the share of intermarriages reached an all-time high of 8.4%. In 1980, that share was just 3.2%.
  • More than four-in-ten Americans (43%) say that more people of different races marrying each other has been a change for the better in our society, while 11% say it has been a change for the worse and 44% say it has made no difference. Minorities, younger adults, the college-educated, those who describe themselves as liberal and those who live in the Northeast or the West are more disposed than others to see intermarriage in a positive light.

 

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