"He thought it would be interesting to date an Asian woman because of the quiet, submissive image portrayed on 'Shogun,' " said Morrell, who instructs fourth-graders at a public school in Chinatown."I broke up with him because of that." Morrell, 26, is now married to Ernest Morrell, an African American man.
On July 11, 1958, newlyweds Richard and Mildred Loving were asleep in bed when three armed police officers burst into the room.
The Morrell's chose to make the drive to San Jose because that is where his family has attended for years.
Photo by Lea Suzuki less Ernest shares some thoughts with his his wife, Jodene Morrell, during Easter Sunday services at their church in San Jose.
For purposes of defining interracial marriages, Hispanic is counted as a race by many in the demographic field. While Hispanics and Asians remained the most likely, as in previous decades, to marry someone of a different race, the biggest jump in share since 2008 occurred among blacks, who historically have been the most segregated.
States in the West where Asian and Hispanic immigrants are more numerous, including Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and California, were among the most likely to have couples who "marry out" — more than 1 in 5.
Others say that conservative's interest in dating interracially has been there all along.