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Nearly 1 in 5 Newlyweds in Chicago Area in Interracial Marriage

Nearly 1 in 5 Newlyweds in Chicago Area in Interracial Marriage

That's a big jump from 1968, when only 3% of newlywed couples were interracial.

According to a new study released on Thursday, more and more Americans are marrying people of different races and ethnicities.

There also were differences between men and women.

"The growth in intermarriage has coincided with shifting societal norms as Americans have become more accepting of marriages involving spouses of different races and ethnicities, even within their own families", Pew said.

"There's much greater racial tolerance in the United States, with attitudes having changed in a way where it's much more positive toward interracial marriage", Litchter, who has studied interracial and interethnic marriages, said in the AP interview. Only 10 per cent of white women married outside their race or ethnicity, while only 12 per cent of black women were involved in intermarriage - half the rate of black men.

It found white Americans were the least likely to marry someone of another race, with white women slightly less likely than men, and that Asian women were the most likely to marry someone of another race. Black men are twice as likely to marry another race as black women - 24 percent to 12 percent - and the rate of intermarriage for Asian women is 36 percent, compared to Asian men at 21 percent. About half (49 percent) of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say that growing numbers of people marrying others of different races is good for society, compared to more than a quarter (28 percent) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

White men were the least likely among males to consider intermarriage, with only 12 per cent involved in interracial or interethnic marriages. Black newlyweds, meanwhile, have seen the most dramatic increases of any group, from 5 percent in 1980 to 18 percent today. Blacks and whites were intermarried at 18% and 11%, respectively. As a result of that ruling and increasing social acceptance, interracial marriage is more common than it has ever been in the U.S. The Lovings were thrown into a Virginia jail in 1958 for violating the state's ban on interracial marriage.

Newlyweds in metropolitan areas are more likely to be intermarried than those living outside those regions (18-11 percent). The Supreme Court struck down the Virginia law and those in roughly one-third of the states in 1967. "Asian newlyweds with some college are somewhat less likely to be immigrants, and this may contribute to the higher rates of intermarriage for this group", the Pew report suggests.

The most common paring in the Hispanics and whites. In Asheville, the pool of potential spouses is 85 percent white, the analysis said.

A narrow majority of Americans surveyed in February say interracial marriages don't make a difference in society, with 39 percent saying it's a good thing and 9 percent saying it's bad for society.

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