A story this winter in the New York Times, based on a Pew Research Center report, suggests that rates of interracial marriage have increased over the past thirty years  and that Americans now view interracial marriages more positively.  Using data from the U.S. Census Brueau, the Pew Center Report indicated that 15% of all new mariages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of different races or ethnicities, more than double the rate in 1980.  In 2010, 8.4% of all married couples were intermarried, compared with 3.2 % in 1980.   See Susan Saulny, Interracial Marriage Seen Gaining Wide Acceptance (February 16, 2012).  While the Pew study showed that rates of intermarriage were highest for Asian women, it also indicated that intermarriage rates for Asian-Americans had dropped between 2008 and 2010, as a larger pool of Asian immigrants had increased the numbers of potential Asian marriage partners.  See Rachel L. Swarns, For Asian-American Couples, a Tie That Binds (March 30, 2012).