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Question #18865 posted on 05/22/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board, (Board Question #18867)
In light of the recent question asked on interracial marriages; it is important to note that although wise council on the matter was given back in the 60's and 70's when there were strong racial tensions, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently holds no official stance on the issue of interracial marriage.
- Defender of the Faith

A: Dear Defender-

While the church does not--and to my knowledge, never has--issued any statement forbidding interracial marriage, the warnings about intercultural marriages are still valid today. These cautions are not about race, they are issued because cultural differences in a marriage can strain the relationship and potentially lead to unhappiness. This was one of several factors a now-separated couple I know faced when they married. They are both white, but their backgrounds are significantly different; in fact, they could both have married people of different races that would have been more similar culturally.