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Recently, The Daily Beast reported how "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts, an African-American, and her celebrity chef boyfriend, Brian Lucas, who is white, experienced the ongoing social stigmas associated with being an interracial couple.

The article quoted Lucas' account when police approached them and asked how he knew her and what their relationship was.

Although the concept of interracial marriage most commonly brings to mind marriage between a black and white couple, interracial marriage has become increasingly common among couples of all races and ethnic groups.

Along with many of their white counterparts, many other racial and ethnic groups have historically discouraged interracial marriage.

While the laws criminalizing interracial marriages no longer exist, there are still moral and religious ideologies that perceive marriage between racially diverse couples as unacceptable.

Some experts maintain that although there appears to be a greater acceptance of interracial marriage, it is more likely that American society has become more tolerant of interacial dating rather than interracial marriage.

On Monday, Huff Post Live provided some perspective on how bias against interracial couples has persisted for decades.

Musician John Mellencamp recounted to the online news publication how his 1980s hit “Jack & Diane” was actually a song intended to describe interracial sweethearts: The song says Jack is a football star, but Mellencamp said the original lyrics described Jack as African-American.

The generational differences were illustrated by the experience of Hai Nguyen, a Vietnamese woman, who married a Vietnamese man because of their common traits, cultures and their families knew each other.