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Helping Your Family Accept Your Inter-Racial Marriage

It is not always easy to know how family members will react to the news that their loved one is planning to enter into an inter-racial marriage. Often views are mixed and this can lead to a great deal of strife and conflict in a family. The most important thing to do is to develop an open line of communication.

More people enter into inter-racial marriages in their twenties and thirties. As a person gets older, they are less likely to enter into an inter-racial marriage. The one exception to this rule is with Asian people who are more likely to date and marry individuals of other races as they get older. For example more Asians in the 30 to 35 year age bracket marry whites than do those who are 18 through 29.

There will probably be family members who will oppose your inter-racial marriage. Some loved ones might go as far as refusing to attend the wedding. It is important to bear in mind that for many decades inter-racial marriages were considered taboo. In the 1950s and 1960s and even into the 1970s people were encouraged to date and marry those who were in the same race as well as socio-cultural background. This point was also emphasized in regards to religion. To do otherwise was to put yourself into the fringes of society and to cause you to suffer from harsh criticism, judgments and many hurtful words. Prejudice ran high, especially in regards to intimate relationships between African Americans and whites.

In the United States, marriages between individuals who were of different races was against the law until the year 1967, when a landmark case, known as Loving v. Virginia, challenged the current state of affairs and won. This set the precedent and inter-racial marriage was no longer unlawful, however changing the mind sets of many individuals proved to be much more difficult and is still very much a work in progress.

If you decide to marry an individual of a different race and your love is strong then let your family know how much it matters to you for them to accept your future spouse. Give your family ample opportunity to get to know your future spouse and by so doing this will enable them to look past the color of the other person’s skin and to see all of the incredible traits that the person possesses. Those family members who do not want to accept your inter-racial marriage at first might come around to accept it later on.

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