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Interracial Marriages Hit High

According to new research interracial marriages are at an all-time high. Dallas residents, Veronica & Ade Hazley, tied the knot in September of last year. We first met them back in June 2010 when they were just dating. Ade said then he had bigger plans and he made good on his word.

“I love it, we`re human,” said husband Ade Hazley.

“We go to a church in Carrollton and it`s like so many interracial couples there,” said Veronica Hazley.

Now they fit right into the new stats.

Pew Research Center says more than 15 percent of new marriages last year were interracial. Pew’s study says interracial marriages in America now stand at 4.8 million or 1 in 12.

“I think we see that people  who come from different cultural backgrounds have more and more opportunities to interact in our society now than they did a generation ago,” said UT Dallas Gender Studies Department Head Dr. Karen Prager.

Dr. Prager says it's because people have more friends of other races at through work and school these days.

“It`s just a smaller step than it used to be to get romantically involved,” she said.

The study says White-Hispanic couples are the most common; Something Veronica says she sees.

“I see a lot of Hispanic women married to white men and that is very, very apparent in the communities that I`m in,” said Veronica.

 It’s also a stat Dr. Prager says just makes sense.

“As that population grows then it makes sense that again we`ll go to the same schools and meet one another and fall in love,” said Prager.

 Dr. Prager says interracial marriage becomes less of an issue with each generation.

“People who have more negative attitudes are going to be more and more social isolated,” she said.

 Veronica & Ade are happy to be a part of the change.

 “I think that`s the end all goal, is just to be in love and to have that person share that with you,” said Veronica.

“Color doesn`t matter,” said Ade.

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