Interracial marriage is a form of marriage outside a specific social group exogamy involving spouses who belong to different races or racialized ethnicities. It became legal throughout the United States in , following the decision of the U. Virginia , which ruled that race-based restrictions on marriages, such as the anti-miscegenation law in the state of Virginia , violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. Many jurisdictions have had regulations banning or restricting not just interracial marriage but also interracial sexual relations, including Germany during the Nazi period , South Africa under apartheid , and many states in the United States prior to a Supreme Court decision. Often couples in intercultural marriages face barriers that most married couples of the same culture are not exposed to. When these foundations are operating alongside the foundation of different cultural roots, as in intercultural marriages, problems and disagreement oftentimes occur.
Interracial marriage more common, but acceptance still not universal
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Interracial marriage in the United States has been legal in all U. Supreme Court Warren Court decision Loving v. Virginia that deemed "anti-miscegenation" laws unconstitutional. The proportion of interracial marriages as a proportion of all marriages has been increasing since , such that Interracial marriage has continued to rise throughout the s. The proportion of interracial marriages is markedly different depending on the ethnicity and gender of the spouses. The first "interracial" marriage in what is today the United States was that of the woman today commonly known as Pocahontas , who married tobacco planter John Rolfe in
In , the U. Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia case that marriage across racial lines was legal throughout the country.
While volunteering at her daughter's school, Rachel Gregersen noticed something that bothered her. Her 8-year-old daughter was the only African-American she saw in her class. Gregersen, who is black, and her husband, Erik, who is white, don't make a big deal out of living as a biracial couple in Elmhurst.