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Multiracial Marriages

The new film Loving tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. He was white, she was black. Their marriage was at the center of the landmark of US Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia, some fifty years ago, challenging anti-miscegenation laws.

They won, and mixed-race romance has become widely accepted in America. Pew Research analysis of Census data finds, that about 1 in 8 people who get married chose someone of a different race. 

What was it like to live when it was illegal in certain states to marry out of your own race? Many woman were put into mental institutions and others had to move to states that had legalized such marriages. Countless couples were forced to move to states where interracial marriages were legal. 

Today, mixed-race marriages are culturally acceptable. Yet, there are still some barriers for these couples to face. Listen to BYUradio’s Top of Mind to listen in on the full conversation.

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