(In 2000, Alabama became the last state to lift its unenforceable ban on interracial marriages.) About 83 percent of Americans say it is "all right for blacks and whites to date each other," up from 48 percent in 1987.As a whole, about 63 percent of those surveyed say it "would be fine" if a family member were to marry outside their own race.For purposes of defining interracial marriages, Hispanic is counted as a race by many in the demographic field.RELATED: KENTUCKY CHURCH REVISITS INTERRACIAL COUPLE BAN AFTER UPROAR The study finds that 8.4 percent of all current U. marriages are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980."That says a lot about the state of race relations.Behaviors have changed and attitudes have changed." He noted that interracial marriages among Hispanics and Asians may be slowing somewhat as recent immigration and their rapid population growth provide minorities more ethnically similar partners to choose from.
He doesn't feel constrained with whom he socially interacts or dates. That's compared to 17.1 percent of blacks and 9.4 percent of whites.
In all, more than 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 were interracial.
The numbers also coincide with Pew survey data showing greater public acceptance of mixed marriage, coming nearly half a century after the Supreme Court in 1967 barred race-based restrictions on marriage.
"But America still has a long way to go." The figures come from previous censuses as well as the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, which surveys 3 million households annually.
The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity.
But Taylor believes the longer-term trend of intermarriage is likely to continue.