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Couples Share the Happiness and Heartache of Interracial Marriage | National Geographic ctm magazine

In 2015, 17 percent of U.S. newlyweds had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity. That’s roughly a fivefold increase since 1967, when the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Loving v. Virginia made interracial marriage legal.
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Changing the law was a start—but it didn’t “necessarily do anything to change people’s minds,” says Syracuse University law professor Kevin Noble Maillard, who writes frequently about intermarriage. Partners of different races or ethnicities are nothing new, he notes: “But it’s very different when there’s public recognition of these relationships and when they become representations of regular families—when they’re the people in the Cheerios commercial.”

We sat down with 17 couples from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to talk about their experiences of being in a marriage that crosses racial or ethnic lines and to learn about their hopes for the future.

Read the full April 2018 article on intermarriage, “The Many Colors of Matrimony,” and check out the entire National Geographic issue on race.


Couples Share the Happiness and Heartache of Interracial Marriage | National Geographic

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  • National Geographic on March 12, 2018

    For some of these interracial couples, the criticism came from parents and other close family members. What do you think are some ways to foster tolerance and understanding when it comes to interracial relationships?

  • Neisan Land on March 2, 2021

    imagine a rainbow with one color, and now imagine a rainbow with many colors. which one is better!

  • Geeta Bulo on March 8, 2021

    This helps. Literally

  • Yong Park on April 12, 2021

    I think all relationships are beautiful regardless or their ethnic background. what divides us is that people use this as their political agenda to benefit themselves.

    youguys are all lovely, beautiful human being.

  • Snickers nickers on April 28, 2021

    its just melanin… i dont get why people hate interracial relationships

  • 123 245 on April 29, 2021

    Hot Blonde

  • murcielago Batman on May 8, 2021

    Anything to get mad about. Interracial couples look more beautiful than normal generic couple

  • pangeaproxima on May 30, 2021

    Races don't exist, it's a human construction. And as some have noticed before, this so-called thing "race" is somewhat exarcebated in the US, for some strange reason.

  • 48 laws on May 30, 2021

    HERES TO A DIVERSE WORLD!! I REFUSE TO LIVE WITHOUT IT!!!!! there is no image without contrast

  • Justice the Rott on May 31, 2021

    How is it possible that two of the first three couples we see our homosexuals? If they people make up 10% of the population, at least represent them accordingly. Although if you believe in the Bible, we should be loving them by telling them that this is not the life God has planned for any of us. I love everybody and I want everybody to be happy in heaven, not just happy on earth

  • Pearl skis on June 19, 2021

    And here in my community… Same race but different tribe is causing a no no from "I dont know from which civilization parents" mentality. Ufffff

  • Quench TV on June 25, 2021

    im so happy to see this regardless of race and gender love wins it's hard to find someone you can be together forever

  • Michael Owino on July 6, 2021


  • Gary Neville on July 21, 2021

    I think the contrast is beautiful and should be celebrated. They say love is blind, its a shame some people are too narrow minded to see the love

  • Michelle Zhou on August 6, 2021

    “We’re all just humans. If you meet somebody and you have a ton in common then why should race matter?” That was a beautiful sentence

  • The Imchen Family on October 23, 2021

    Being interracial marriage it's always important to understand one another culture, respect and learn from one another. I'm a British and my husband being Asian- Indian we have learn so many things from one another culture.

  • Pauline de Vlieger on October 25, 2021

    Yes, the last couple best comment "We are all just humans!" There is no other race.. Just people👱👮👲👳👷💂👴👩

  • Ian Betts on January 7, 2022

    That filipino girl is gorgeous 😍

  • Scarlet Web on February 5, 2022

    It's so beautiful but sad when interracial couples got married

  • Jo on February 9, 2022

    Odd to think that the same people promoting diversity also supports mixing them all into one race

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