"Couples Share the Happiness and Heartache of Interracial Marriage" By 'National Geographic' Shows What It Means To Be An Interracial Couple 2018

Andrew Zaeh for Bustle

Chances are, you know interracial couples or are part of one yourself. While you don’t think it is a big deal — it’s 2018, after all — sadly, some people still look twice and react when they see an interracial couple. On Tuesday, National Geographic released a video, “Couples Share the Happiness and Heartache of Interracial Marriage”. In it, interracial couples talk about what it means to be an interracial couple today. National Geographic also published an article, “The Many Colors of Matrimony,” which portrays two days’ worth of interracial couples getting married at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. It appears in “The Race Issue,” the April issue of National Geographic magazine, a single topic issue on the subject of race.

For decades, interracial marriage was against the law — in 1967, 17 of 50 states still enforced this. However, 1967 also marked a revolutionary time for interracial couples: The U.S. Supreme Court case “Loving v. Virginia” decided that interracial marriages were no longer illegal. The case came about when Mildred Loving (an African-American and Native American woman) and Richard Loving (a Caucasian man) got married — and they were sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia. According to National Geographic, per a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data, from 1967 until 2015, interracial marriages went from one in 33 to one in six, and they account for one in 10 marriages. Furthermore, in 2015, 17 percent of U.S. newlyweds had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity.

National Geographic

It seems like society has come a long way in accepting intermarried couples. However, as you’ll see in the video, and according to Syracuse University law professor Kevin Noble Maillard, who writes frequently about intermarriage, society still has a way to go.

“Interracial [couples] and families have always existed, but haven’t necessarily been ‘out’ about it in a way that feels safe and nonconsequential,” Maillard tells Bustle. “Now that society is getting around to legalizing the possibility of mixed families and relationships, it must advance to a point of accepting them, which is a completely different thing.”

In National Geographic’s video and article, they speak to several couples about their life as an interracial couple. Take a look below at the "Couples Share the Happiness and Heartache of Interracial Marriage" video.

National Geographic on YouTube

Below, couples featured in the article and video highlight what it means to be an interracial couple today, from the resistance they face to what they'd tell anyone who's struggling with disapproving family members.