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Interracial Marriage


Any view of interracial marriages must be taken in light of the current worldview of interracial relationships. In the current global climate, there is both increased tension and greater openness. People are more likely to engage in activities that cross racial and ethnic boundaries. However, there also continues to be prejudice and fear about racial ethnic groups with whom many people have little contact. Nevertheless, when people strive to understand the traditions, values, and beliefs that are endemic to the many groups that make up our global societies, then they will be better able—and, it is hoped, more inclined—to work together for the good of all.


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Loving v. Virginia, 388 US 1, 18 L ed 2d 1010, 87 S Ct 1817, (1967)

Perez v. Sharp, 32 Cal.2d 711 [L. A. No. 20305. In Bank. Oct. 1, 1948.]

Other Resource

United States Census Bureau (2000). "America's Families and Living Arrangements." Available from http://www.census.gov/population/socdemo/hh-fam/p20-537/2000/tabFG4.txt.



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Marriage and Family EncyclopediaFamily Theory & Types of FamiliesInterracial Marriage - Growth Of Interracial Marriage, Difficulties In Interracial Marriages, Reasons For Entering Into Interracial Marriages, Resiliency In Interracial Marriages