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Sizable minorities of married people are members of a different religious group than their partner, but marriages and partnerships across political party lines are relatively rare.
One-in-six newlyweds (17%) were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015.
Surveys conducted by Gallup found that about one-in-ten LGBT Americans (10%) were married to a same-sex spouse in 2017.
Now, a majority (61%) of all same-sex couples who live together are married.
As far as what helps people stay married, married adults said in a 2015 survey that having shared interests (64%) and a satisfying sexual relationship (61%) were very important to a successful marriage. Large majorities of Generation Zers, Millennials, Generation Xers and Baby Boomers say couples living together without being married doesn’t make a difference for our society, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center report.
More than half (56%) also named sharing household chores. While 54% of those in the Silent Generation say cohabitation doesn’t make a difference in society, about four-in-ten (41%) say it is a bad thing, compared with much smaller shares among younger generations. In 2013, 23% of married people had been married before, compared with just 13% in 1960.