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It is always important to marry a person you love. Be aware though that if you enter into a bi-racial marriage you may be faced with challenges that you would not encounter if you were to marry a member of your own race. Having things in common is important in any relationship in order to be compatible but so are differences. However if two people have differences that leave wide gaps in the relationship that are difficult to bridge, this could lead to greater difficulties down the line. For example coming from ethnically diverse backgrounds that observe different traditions, holidays and customs can be a problem and some married couples may be able to weather these differences easier than others.

Being of a different religious faith can compound the relationship further as can having family members or friends on either side who oppose the union of the two individuals. Before 1967 inter-racial marriages were illegal and the children born out of such unions were considered to be illegitimate by the state and as a result of this, were not granted the privileges and protections that were automatically granted to children of same race parents who were legally wed according to state laws.

Today children do not suffer due to bi-racial marriages as they did in the 1960s and back further, however there are still many members of society who refuse to accept children who are of a mixed race. This is especially the case when a child has one Caucasian parent while the other is African American. It is not always easy for the parents or the children to accept the odd looks or the words spoken in hushed tones of other people. Unfortunately this is one of the pitfalls of a bi-racial marriage that everyone who enters into one will have to learn to cope with as best as they can.

Statistics have shown that attitudes and views in regard to bi-racial marriages are changing. In a Gallup Poll conducted in 1991, a more individuals approved of inter-racial marriage than disapprove of inter-racial marriages. The rate with which inter-racial marriages take place has also increased. In 1970 there were 150,000 inter-racial marriages that took place but this number soared to 1.1 million by the year 1994. Children born to inter-racial parents went from 460,300 in the year 1970 to 1.9 million in 1994.

The Gallup Poll also showed that 60 percent of Caucasian Americans approve of inter-racial marriages as opposed to the four percent that approved of them in the year 1958. The United States Census Bureau reveals that one in every 50 marriages that take place are inter-racial which is approximately four times the number of bi-racial marriages that occurred in 1970, just three years after inter-racial marriages ceased to be against the law.

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