Interracial marriage in the United States has been fully legal in all U. states since the 1967 Supreme Court decision that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, with many states choosing to legalize interracial marriage at much earlier dates.
Anti-miscegenation laws have played a large role in defining racial identity and enforcing the racial hierarchy.
In English, an "interracial marriage" refers to the institution of marriage, including childless marriages.
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These two counties had the highest rates of interracial marriages involving at least one black spouse in the United States.
The vast majority of these marriages involved black men marrying ethnic Mexican women or first generation Tejanas (Texas-born women of Mexican descent).
Only 12% of black women married outside of their race.
For Asians, the gender pattern goes in the opposite direction: Asian women are much more likely than Asian men to marry someone of a different race.
Since ethnic Mexicans were considered white by Texas officials and the U. government, such marriages were a violation of the state's anti-miscegenation laws.
Yet, there is no evidence that anyone in South Texas was prosecuted for violating this law.
(This share does not take into account the “interethnic” marriages between Hispanics and non-Hispanics).
And, most Americans say they approve of racial or ethnic intermarriage – not just in the abstract, but in their own families.
Among newlyweds in 2013, 37% of Asian women married someone who was not Asian, while 16% of Asian men married outside of their race.
However, Asian women are more likely to marry Asian men than any other men of different ethnic background.
More than six-in-ten say it would be fine with them if a family member told them they were going to marry someone from any of three major race/ethnic groups other than their own.