The Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Loving v.Virginia struck down the Virginia law and similar statutes in roughly one-third of the states.Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving's landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the United States, some couples of different races still talk of facing discrimination, disapproval, and sometimes outright hostility from their fellow Americans. The Lovings were locked up and given a year in a Virginia prison, with the sentence suspended on the condition that they leave Virginia.
In 2015, 17 percent of all newlyweds in the country had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity — the growth coinciding “with shifting societal norms as Americans have become accepting of marriages involving spouses of different races and ethnicities, even within their own families,” according to the report.
The 17 percent represents one-in-six newlyweds, while, more broadly, among all married people in 2015, one-in-10, about 11 million, were intermarried, according to Pew.
Rates have steadily increased since 1967, when the Supreme Court’s Although 11 percent of white newlyweds are now married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, white people are still the least likely of all major racial or ethnic groups to intermarry.
Black newlyweds, meanwhile, have seen the most dramatic increases of any group, from 5 percent in 1980 to 18 percent today.
Inter-racial relationships have been present as long as different racial groups have existed together in the same land.
However a landmark event in the history of modern inter-racial relationships is the US was the Loving vs.Overall, there has been a dramatic increase in interracial marriage.In 2015, 10 percent of all married Americans were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. Seventeen percent of all weddings performed in 2015 were interracial, up from 7 percent in 1980. In 2015, 18 percent of new marriages in metropolitan areas were interracial, compared with 11 percent of newlyweds outside of metropolitan areas. Interracial marriages became legal nationwide on June 12, 1967, after the Supreme Court threw out a Virginia law in that sent police into the Lovings' bedroom to arrest them just for being who they were: a married black woman and white man. She often counsels engaged interracial couples through the prism of her own 20-year marriage – Reverand Lucas is black and her husband, Mark Retherford, is white."I think for a lot of people it's OK if it's 'out there' and it's other people but when it comes home and it's something that forces them to confront their own internal demons and their own prejudices and assumptions, it's still really hard for people," she said.The rates were highest in Honolulu (42 percent), Las Vegas (31 percent), and Santa Barbara (30 percent).