I certainly don't pretend to know the back story on all these photographs, so I won't claim these are all actual romantically involved couples. I can tell you that most of these images are from the early seventies, and a mere ten years earlier, pictures like these would have been scandalous - romantic or not.
I'll spare you a long discussion on interracial dating. I've already touched on it before, and it's a really sensitive subject for some - In fact, I'm sure I'll get complaints on the title of this post. I couldn't come up with anything better.
I remember seeing an article in LIFE when I was a kid about Jim Seals (of Seals & Crofts) and his black wife. It was shocking to me then - not in a bad way, just a "new" way. I'd never seen any 'mixed" couples at that point in my life - I'd lived in Massachusetts, Spain and Ohio by that point. But I have a feeling, no matter where I'd lived, that LIFE article would have been no less jarring.
So, let's check out some miniskirted babes and their partners of a different race. I also think it wouldn't be wildly inappropriate to raise a glass in honor of John Seals and his Diamond Girl. Cheers!
Okay, this isn't a miniskirt - but it's close enough.