"Mixed-race children have blurred America's color line.They often interact with others on either side of the racial divide and frequently serve as brokers between friends and family members of different racial backgrounds," he said.(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.
Intermarriage among whites rose in share slightly, while among Hispanics the rate was flat, at roughly 25.7 percent.RELATED: 46% OF MISSISSIPPI REPUBLICANS SAY INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE SHOULD BE ILLEGAL: POLL Minorities, young adults, the higher educated and those living in Western or Northeast states were more likely to say mixed marriages are a change for the better for society.The figure was 61 percent for 18- to 29-year-olds, for instance, compared to 28 percent for those 65 and older.A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race.
"The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century," said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University.Another analysis found divorce rates among mixed-race couples to be more dependent on the specific race combination, with white women who married outside their race more likely to divorce.