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Mrs Andersen Honors English 20 December 2002 Throughout history the structure of romantic relationships has seen a drastic evolution What was once bizarre and forbidden is now common This can be seen by just looking at the relationships of some well-known celebrities such as Diana Ross Sydney Portier and even Jennifer Lopez What do all of these people have in common They are all married to a person of another race This research paper will explore the history and the motives for and against interracial relationships as well as the issues of rearing biracial children Interracial relationships are on the rise in America They have jumped from 150000 couples in 1960 to an astonishing 15 million today Williams 2001 That means that one in every 50 marriages involves people of different races Likewise attitudes and opinions about interracial marriages have radically changed In 1958 only 4 of white Americans approved of these marriages In 1998 however 61 accepted such couples without hesitation Alouise Acceptance however has not always been the case for interracial marriages As recently as 1966 17 states still had laws on the books that made interracial marriages illegal In addition every state in America regulated marriages between whites and other races But on June 12 1967 the Supreme Court overturned such outrageous laws in the Loving vs State of Virginia case when the courts ruled in favor of a white man and a black woman The winning of this case however did not end the struggle right away Many states continued to exhibit restrictions on interracial marriages into the seventies Mertins 2 Even today attitudes and racism are still causing problems between friends relatives and employerswwwhhdcsunedu Despite the fact that interracial marriages are growing more common in America such couples are still frowned upon by some Americans So why do couples marry interracially What are the motivations for interracial marriage in a somewhat disapproving society Studies have discovered several
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