Mixed marriages have hit a record high of 14.6 percent among Americans (2008). A report about the statistics describes the increasing trend of Americans marrying someone of a different race or from a different ethnic group. The rate of mixed marriages was six times higher than in 1960 and double the rate in 1980, according to the Pew Research Center report. The dramatic increase was driven "in part by the weakening of longstanding cultural taboos against intermarriage and in part by a large, multi-decade wave of immigrants from Latin America and Asia," said the report. The most common pairing was white and Hispanic couples, who made up more than four in 10 of the 280,000 mixed marriages in 2008. Whites who married Asians made up 15 percent of mixed marriages that year and blacks who married whites made up 11 percent. In 1961, the year President Barack Obama's black father married his white mother, less than one in 1,000 new marriages in the United States was the pairing of a black person and a white person, according to the report based on Census Bureau data. By 1980, around one in 150 new marriages were between a black person and a white person and by 2008, the ratio had risen to one in 60. Mixed race marriages were illegal in most states until the middle of last century. Fifteen states kept laws against mixed race marriage on the books until 1967, when a US Supreme Court decision -- Loving v. Virginia -- declared the so-called anti-miscegenation laws illegal. Source: AFP << 'Dramatic' Improvements for People With Down Syndrome Possi... World Cup Fever Raises the Toast to Wine in South Africa >> Recommended Reading Is There Ever a 'Healthy, Happy Marriage'? The cohesive marriage and the traditional marriage were most likely to be stable over time. READ MORE Marriage May Prove Expensive For Foreign Men Wanting To Wed Muslim Women in Indonesia The proposal requires foreign men wishing to wed Muslim women to put a guarantee of 500 million rupiah READ MORE More Than 60% Chinese Couples Enjoy a Happy Marriage More than 60% of couples in China are happy with their marriage, according to a recent survey. READ MORE Long-Term Couple Divorce Rates Shoot Up Old married couples tend to divorce after their children grow up and move out of their family homes, figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Hospital Iron Intake Calculator Indian Medical Journals More News on: Divorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?