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Interracial marriages soar in the US

WEDDED BLISS: Study has revealed numbers of interracial marriages in the US are rising

BLACK AMERICANS are said to be more likely than ever before to marry a partner outside of their race, a new study has shown.

The Pew Research Center study found out that 8.4 percent of current American marriages were interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980. The biggest rise was found among African-Americans marrying partners from different racial groups, which went up from 15.5 percent to 17.1 percent.

"The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century," said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University.

He continued: "Mixed-race children have blurred America's color line. They often interact with others on either side of the racial divide and frequently serve as brokers between friends and family members of different racial backgrounds.

The study also revealed that there now was a greater public acceptance of mixed marriages, 45 years after the Supreme Court barred race-based restrictions on marriage.

Despite fresh figures showing that more than 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 were interracial, Lichter said the US still had a long way to go.

Multiracial Americans are now believed to make up about nine million of the population and the Census Bureau estimates that blacks, Hispanics and Asians will collectively represent a majority of the US population by 2050.

The study found that the top three states for interracial married couples were Virginia, North Carolina and Kansas.

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