Heather Lindsay and her common-law husband, Lexene Charles, stand in front of the garage door of their Stamford, Connecticut, residence on February 22, after it was vandalized with a racial slur on January 14. S., according to a Pew Research Center report released on May 18. Decades later, interracial marriage is now the highest it has ever been in the United States, up 14 percent compared with what it was in 1967 when the courts ruled in favor of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were thrown in jail in Virginia for violating the state’s rules against multicultural love.
Supreme Court ruled miscegenation laws—or laws preventing people of different races and ethnicities from getting married—unconstitutional.
“People are spending a big chunk of their lives — much of the 20s and even into their 30s, increasingly — becoming a grown up,” Klinenberg says.
Denison, who moved to Boston when she was 26, lives in a far different reality.“There are tons of single people in Boston,” she says.
“I do think there’s a little bit of that paradox-of-choice problem,” he says.
“You have so many different options that it’s easy to find the flaws with each one and difficult to just pick some person with all their flaws — since we all do have them — and just stay with it.” In addition to having a plethora of options, the era of the extended American adolescence seems to have tempered the rush to marriage.
When Karin Denison was in her early 20s, it seemed that all her peers were coupling up and planning to live happily ever after.
She spent the summers after college driving to friends’ weddings, she recalls.