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In 1974, Joseph and Martha Rossignol got married at night in Natchez, Mississippi, on a Mississippi River bluff after local officials tried to stop them.
“Brown skin and darker skinned black women are actually getting asked out quite a bit by Caucasian men.” And it appears the trend is growing.
Some of those laws went beyond black and white, prohibiting marriages between whites and Native Americans, Filipinos, Indians, Asians and in some states "all non-whites." The Lovings, a working-class couple from a deeply rural community, weren't trying to change the world and were media-shy, said one of their lawyers, Philip Hirschkop, now 81 and living in Lorton, Virginia.
They simply wanted to be married and raise their children in Virginia.
Kugel says there could be a number of reasons: shifting beauty standards, high profile couples and characters like Olivia Pope on “Scandal.” And even on the TV reality series “Love and the City,” Bershan Shaw found her true match expanding by her horizons.
“I realized I had to step out of the box because dating in New York City was hard,” she said. Shaw was a business owner, beat cancer, and was surrounded by great girlfriends – but to find the last piece to her puzzle she had to switch it up.