This research effort focuses on trends in interracial marriages in the united states between 19 census bureau was used to analyze changes in the number and frequency of interracial marriages in american society over a 22-year time frame. Sons and arguments opposing interracial dating, unpub-lished masters thesis, oregon state university, 1962. 2for an examination of the causes of mixed dates and marriages in general, see the writers article, research in interreligious dating and marriages, marriage and family living, 24 (may, 1962), pp. (1952) research note on the measurement of interracial marriage amer j of sociology 57 (may) 587-589 google scholar crossref g. Seacrest ( 1970 ) a comparison of the occupational status of intramarrying and intermarrying couples a research note sociology and social research 54 (july). Are statistically significant by the third generation following immigration. Venting blacks from interracial marriages 3) h arsh and cruel punishment of black males and females 4) maintaining ra- cial cultural heritage and communities 5) fear of perception. That currently there are approximately 3 million interracial marriages, which constitutes 5 of all marriages in the united states, and another 2. 5 million interracial couples that are dating (hibbler & shinew, 2002). michael rosenfield, a sociologist of stanford university sees the increase of interracial marriages (which is in 2005 a total of 7 of americas married couples), as a first step towards tolerance and acceptance culminating in the society. in 1991 a gallop poll found that, for the first time, more people in the united states approved of interracial marriages (48) then disapproved (42). 6 also the number of interracially married couples in the united states has gone from 150,000 couples in 1970 to 1. 1 million in 1994 and the number of children born out of interracial marriages jumped from 460,300 in 1970 to 1.