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Interracial and inter-ethnic marriages on the rise

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A new study released Friday by the Pew Research Center shows that one in seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or inter-ethnic. While mixed marriages are not new – our own president is the product of one such union – their numbers are at an all-time high, suggesting that this is one taboo that has run its course. And yet, as recently as last year, a Louisiana justice of the peace resigned after refusing to marry an interracial couple. When it comes to picking a partner, do race and ethnicity still matter?


Jeffrey Passel, Senior Demographer with Pew Hispanic Center