Gallup: U.S. Approval of Interracial Marriage at 94%

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The new Gallup poll indicates the racial gap of interracial marriage has decreased significantly.

According to a new Gallop poll, 94% of American adults are in favor of marriages between Black and white people. This includes 96% of non-white adults and 93% of white adults in support of it. 

It is a seven percent increase from 2013 poll that highlighted 96% of Black people and 84% of white people in support of married between a Black and white person. 

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The interesting revelation of this recent Gallup poll came from the history behind this question. When they started polling on the subject of interracial marriage in 1958, only 4% were in favor of it. 

Getting married to someone is one of the most life-changing events in a person’s life. There are people who marry someone outside of their race who they want to spend the rest of their life with. 

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However, interracial marriages weren’t always accepted from people who want their children to marry within their race. In 1958, a Black woman named Mildred Jeter married a white man named Richard Loving in Washington D.C. They returned to Virginia, where they were charged with violating the state’s law forbidding interracial marriage and sentenced to a year in prison. 

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The Lovings appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court so their case could be heard. On June 12, 1967 in a monumental decision, the Court unanimously ruled in favor of the Lovings and interracial marriages were legalized all across the country. 

Ever since that ruling, there has been a huge increase in couples marrying each other outside of their races. The Gallup poll highlights these new societal changes. 

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