The trend toward more interracial marriages is undoubtedly related, at least in part, to changing social norms.
Our previous surveys have documented growing acceptance among the public.
Centuries before the same-sex marriage movement, the U. government, its constituent states, and their colonial predecessors tackled the controversial issue of "miscegenation": race-mixing. "[F]orasmuch as diverse freeborn English women forgetful of their free condition and to the disgrace of our Nation do intermarry with Negro slaves by which also diverse suits may arise touching the [children] of such women and a great damage doth befall the Masters of such Negroes for prevention whereof for deterring such freeborn women from such shameful matches,"Be it further enacted by the authority advice and consent aforesaid that whatsoever freeborn woman shall intermarry with any slave from and after the last day of this present Assembly shall serve the master of such slave during the life of her husband, and that the [children] of such freeborn women so married shall be slaves as their fathers were.
and in default of such payment she shall be taken into the possession of the said Church wardens and disposed of for five years, and the said fine of fifteen pounds, or whatever the woman shall be disposed of for, shall be paid, one third part to their majesties ... The plaintiffs, Tony Pace and Mary Cox, were arrested under Alabama's Section 4189, which read:"[I]f any white person and any negro, or the descendant of any negro to the third generation, inclusive, though one ancestor of each generation was a white person, intermarry or live in adultery or fornication with each other, each of them must, on conviction, be imprisoned in the penitentiary or sentenced to hard labor for the county for not less than two nor more than seven years.""The counsel is undoubtedly correct in his view of the purpose of the clause of the amendment in question, that it was to prevent hostile and discriminating state legislation against any person or class of persons.In 2014, 37% of Americans said having more people of different races marrying each other was a good thing for society, up from 24% four years earlier.Only 9% in 2014 said this trend was a bad thing for society, and 51% said it doesn’t make much difference.Fully a quarter of black men who got married in 2013 married someone who was not black.Only 12% of black women married outside of their race.