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But Taylor believes the longer-term trend of intermarriage is likely to continue."For younger Americans, racial and ethnic diversity are a part of their lives," he said.States in the West where Asian and Hispanic immigrants are more numerous, including Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and California, were among the most likely to have couples who "marry out" — more than 1 in 5.

The numbers also coincide with Pew survey data showing greater public acceptance of mixed marriage, coming nearly half a century after the Supreme Court in 1967 barred race-based restrictions on marriage."In the past century, intermarriage has evolved from being illegal, to be a taboo and then to be merely unusual.And with each passing year, it becomes less unusual," said Paul Taylor, director of Pew's Social & Demographic Trends project.Due to increasing interracial marriages, multiracial Americans are a small but fast-growing demographic group, making up about 9 million, or 8 percent of the minority population. "Race is a social construct; race isn't real," said Jonathan Brent, 28.Together with blacks, Hispanics and Asians, the Census Bureau estimates they collectively will represent a majority of the U. The son of a white father and Japanese-American mother, Brent helped organize multiracial groups in southern California and believes his background helps him understand situations from different perspectives.

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