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Newlywed couples in 2008-2010 combines three years’ data for newlyweds.

Even though labeled as “newlyweds,” 42% of newly married couples in 2008-2010 have been married before (either husband or wife or both).

But it does point to an optimistic truth: Difference in a relationship can go along with a healthy level of understanding, respect and affection between two people. Census Bureau allowed Americans to check more than one race on their forms, 6.8 million did so. By 2050, it's predicted that Interracial marriage can't on its own end racism, nor should couples who marry outside their race shoulder that responsibility on their own.

But the representations we do have can help move the ball forward.

Just as negative racial portrayals to negative stereotypes, more positive visibility for cross-race couples in media makes a difference.

Moreover, the palpable differences between two people can be a positive force: Research from 1997 from the University of California, Irvine, found that college students in interracial relationships rated their partners more highly for attractiveness and intelligence than their peers in same-race relationships, showing a high level of regard for one another.

It doesn't mean interracial partners make inherently superior significant others.

The term “Asian” includes native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. The terms “black” and “African American” are used interchangeably in this report. This report was researched and written by Wendy Wang, research associate at the Social & Demographic Trends project of the Pew Research Center. Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Research Center, participated in the initial planning of the project and prepared the couple-level ACS datasets for the analysis.