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Both the number of interracial marriages and the acceptance of such couples is growing, according to a new study. But the relationships themselves still stir a bit of conversation, and we saw some fiery debates among our commenters. We also heard some stories from couples in interracial marriages.
This reader talked about her own interracial marriage.
lchristma: "As an Asian-American who married a white man, my race was not a factor to him. I had more concerns than he did. I knew he had never faced racism, and he would be judged. Culturally, it was not an issue, since my adopted parents are white. People should remember that the U.S. adopted many Asian children, which contributes to the increase. I just get annoyed with people wondering if I am a mail-order bride, can speak English, must be submissive, etc. Just more stereotypes that are not always true. Fortunately we live in a very educated, diverse, and liberal college town. We live there so we can give our children a safer and healthier environment. No one should grow up feeler lesser than others, due to others people’s ignorance."
For some couples, race is just about a nonissue.
casselli: "I am married to a 'white' man, and I don't see us as an 'interracial' marriage. I love him to death and adore his beautiful skin. I am Mexican, and he feels the same way about me. Needless to say our kids are gorgeous and lucky."
This commenter raved about her partner.
rgp1983: "I am a white woman with a black boyfriend. He is the best person I have ever known. He is wildly intelligent, incredibly kind and generous, strong, passionate, supportive and treats me like gold. He listens when I talk, makes me laugh and is a true companion. I never have to face anything alone, yet he gives me space to develop as an individual. He may not be perfect, but he's certainly close to being perfect for me. All you racists and bigots can fume and steam all you want, call us unnatural and dirty, hurl names and insults ... it only makes us stronger. When I go home tonight, we'll laugh and joke, sip wine as we tell each other about our days, playfully kid one another before we cook dinner. It's sad that that inspires such vitriol and hatred."
Another said they love all the diversity in their family.
LostinSLC: "Wow I am floored at some of the narrow-minded thinking here. I am Italian decent, and we have Indian, Mexican and Chinese in-laws within my family. We are very diverse, and the kids are a mix of all our races. I would never trade my family for anyone else and this whole 'we need to keep the race pure' has no place in this day and age ... grow up."
Is there such a thing as race in the first place? Some argued the point is moot.
Apatheist: "There is no such thing as interracial marriage. There is no such thing as different human races. We all evolved from a common hominid ancestor in Africa a few hundred thousand years ago. In fact, we are so alike that the darkest African and the whitest Norwegian are usually more alike genetically than two rabbits living in the same forest. A good understanding of human evolution should eradicate most racism from this world."
This commenter said defining a race is not always straightforward.
abcdef54321: "Unless you have had your DNA tested, you cannot be sure what race you really are. I'm reading a biography of Thomas Jefferson. The author noted that the children of slaves who were white enough to pass for white in the white community were allowed to leave the plantation and join a distant community where they were not known. There they lived as white, married white, and had white children. If you are a Southerner, like me, odds are good that one of your ancestors was a black slave, no matter what color you are."
Some wondered about the point of all the research, and others defended it.
Rick1948: "The stupid thing is that they are even keeping statistics on this any more. It flat doesn't matter. With the economy in the tank, millions of people living on the streets and unemployment what it is, anything two people can do to make themselves happy, as long as it doesn't affect anyone else, is just fine."
hesaidwhat2: "Well, it apparently it still matters to 100 million people in this country. That is why they bother."
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