1 in 6 newlyweds' spouse is of different race or ethnicity

Above an example of a celebrity interracial couple. John Legend right is black while his wife Chrissy Teigen is half Thai and half-white

Above an example of a celebrity interracial couple. John Legend right is black while his wife Chrissy Teigen is half Thai and half-white

A study on intermarriage by Pew Research Center published Thursday interviewed about 1,800 people about their perceptions on interracial marriage and analyzed census information over the years.

The Pew Research Center also found that Asians were the group most likely to marry outside of their race.

More than a quarter of Asian newlyweds (29 percent) and Latino newlyweds (27 percent) are married to a spouse of a different race or ethnicity.

In the report, people were classified first by ethnicity, defined as Hispanic or not, and then by race - white, black, Asian, American Indian, multiracial or other. About half (49 percent) of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say that growing numbers of people marrying others of different races is good for society, compared to more than a quarter (28 percent) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

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General opposition to interracial marriage has decreased sharply, with 63 percent of non-black Americans saying they were opposed to a close relative marrying a black person in 1990 and 14 percent saying the same today. Thirty-six per cent of Asian women and 28 per cent of Hispanic women intermarried in 2015, while 26 per cent of Hispanic men and 24 per cent of black men married someone of a different race or ethnicity.

White men were the least likely among males to consider intermarriage, with only 12 per cent involved in interracial or interethnic marriages. As a result of that ruling and increasing social acceptance, interracial marriage is more common than it has ever been in the U.S. Those laws were repealed in 1874 even as interracial marriage continued to be prohibited in much of the rest of the country until the Loving v. Virginia decision. Blacks and whites were intermarried at 18% and 11%, respectively.

Of all the areas considered in the study, Honolulu's 42 percent intermarriage rate is significantly higher than both the national average and the next-highest metropolitan location: the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise region in Nevada, which measured 11 percentage points lower than Honolulu. Most Republicans (60 percent) say the rise of interracial marriages doesn't make much of a difference. "Asian newlyweds with some college are somewhat less likely to be immigrants, and this may contribute to the higher rates of intermarriage for this group", the Pew report suggests.

Intermarriage is most common among newlyweds in their 30s (18 percent). Jackson, Mississippi, and Asheville, North Carolina, tie at 3 percent for the lowest share of intermarried newlyweds.

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