Interfaith marriage, traditionally called "mixed marriage", is marriage between spouses professing different religions.
Although interfaith marriages are most often contracted as civil marriages, in some instances they may be contracted as a religious marriage.
Interfaith marriage is also distinct from the concepts of religious assimilation, cultural assimilation, religious disaffiliation, and apostasy.
Despite the distinction, these issues are associated with aspects of interfaith marriage.
In fact, the very first wedding I ever performed, over 30 years ago, was a Catholic-Jewish celebration.
Not too long ago, it was very uncommon for people to marry outside of their religion. In fact, there was a time when even a marriage between an Irish Catholic and an Italian Catholic was frowned upon. Today it is very common to find our children wanting to marry someone of a different faith.
I hated to disappoint my high school friend's mother, but I didn't find any Jewish boys who treated me particularly well, and certainly not better than any non-Jews I dated. Notwithstanding their religion, not one boyfriend lasted more than a couple of months.
Shortly after college I met the man who eventually would become my husband.
If that is weakened, then no matter how the children are raised, they will not benefit from the strong love of the couple. You cannot be a Jew and a Christian at the same time.
This depends on religious prohibitions against the marriage by the religion of one (or both) spouses, based on religious doctrine or tradition.
In an interfaith marriage, each partner typically adheres to their own religion; this excludes a marriage of a spouse belonging to religion X to a spouse who has undergone religious conversion from religion Y to religion X.
"You're so lucky, honey," said the Catholic mom of one of my male friends back when I was in high school.
"You get to date Jewish boys." (I took this as a subtle hint that she didn't want me to date her son.) "I dated a few Jewish boys," she confided, "and they really know how to treat a girl." As far back as I can remember, it seems that everyone--not only my family--had a reason for wanting me to date, marry, and start a family with a man of my own faith.