In 1957 the filmIsland in the Sunwas deemed "offensive to moral standards" by the Memphis Board of Censors.The offense?The onscreen romances between two interracial couples.It wasn't until 10 years later,in 1967,that the Supreme Court struck down state bans on mixed-race marriage.Warp-speed to now,and these events can seem like ancient history: The percentage of interracial marriages in the United States has nearly quadrupled since 1970,according to sociologist Michael J.Rosenfeld.In a recent poll ofGlamourreaders,94 percent of you said it's OK to date outside of your race.Yet some women in mixed-race relationships report it's still not unusual to encounter negative reactions from family,friends and strangers.How do they keep their love strong despite the pressure?We pulled together a diverse group of women to find out.Listen in:
JAMI FLOYD:Hello,ladies.I'd like us to give a sense of where we're coming from on this topic—I'll start.When my mother,who is white,and my father,who is black,married in 1956,it was illegal in most states.I've dated men of every race on the planet and am now married to a white man.
RADHIKA SHENAI:My current boyfriend is white,but there was a period when I only dated men who were Indian,like me.I thought there were cultural things I wouldn't be able to share with somebody from another background.When those relationships didn't work,I decided as long as somebody accepts my culture,it doesn't matter what background he's from.
CHRISTINE Y.KIM:I'm Korean American,and I've dated outside of my ethnicity.I'm now married to an African American man.
LYNN HARRIS:My dating history has been a patchwork quilt,even though I always felt I wanted to marry someone who shared my Jewish faith.That said,if I liked a guy a lot,I'd wonder,Is this Mr.Exception?But today I'm married to a rabbi.
MIMI VALDÉS RYAN:I'm Cuban and Puerto Rican,and I grew up in New York City.I've had crushes on every type of guy,but I've mostly dated African American or Latino men.That has a lot to do with hip-hop,because I had to be with someone who loved it as much as I did,and most of the men who did were Latino or African American.I'm married now to a black man.