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Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages

Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages

Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages

Kelly Mottershead and Louie Okamoto held a beach celebration October that is last for wedding party in Carmel, Calif. Dana Barsuhn/Courtesy of Louie Okamoto hide caption

Kelly Mottershead and Louie Okamoto held a beach celebration October that is last for wedding party in Carmel, Calif.

Dana Barsuhn/Courtesy of Louie Okamoto

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The numbers are little but growing.

More than 5.3 million marriages in the U.S. are between husbands and wives of various races or ethnicities. According to the 2010 Census, they compensate one in 10 marriages between opposite-sex couples, marking an increase that is 28-percent 2000.

Newlyweds Louie Okamoto, 28, and Kelly Mottershead, 27, joined the group last October in a distinctly untraditional method.

Family and friends gathered on a California that is northern beach see Mottershead’s daddy walk her down the aisle to Van Morrison’s ” Into The Mystic,” as Okamoto waited over the shores of Carmel Bay in sandals.

“[ The wedding was not] formal except for maybe a dress that is white. Also that has beenn’t very formal!” Mottershead says.

The fact an American-born son of Japanese immigrants was marrying a bride born into the U.S. up to a Colombian mom and an Irish father felt “completely normal” to the couple.

“We don’t even think it was as an issue well worth speaking about at first,” says Mottershead, whom was raised in Ca, where very nearly 18 percent of marriages between people are interracial or interethnic. Continue reading

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