In this article about meeting the parents we advised to never bring up political or religious topics when meeting the family. The reason is obvious — not everyone believes the same thing, nor are they open to believing whatever it is you believe in. But how well does this theory hold up in relationships? Is it impossible for a more liberal minded person to date a conservative minded person?
A friend of mine once got engaged to a guy who was the complete opposite of her when it came to social issues. They would argue about it, she would call him stupid and they would both butt heads about it, but in the end they still loved each other and dated for a long time. Even though they later broke their engagement, political beliefs had nothing to do with it. But there were other factors where they did connect, such as family upbringing, their salaries, their hobbies — they had enough things in common for something as hot button as politics to not completely drag down their relationship.
But especially now when the news illustrates a divided country in two extremely passionate groups, we can’t help but think perhaps it would be impossible for couples to cross sides. As always, what do you guys think? Could you marry someone of a different political belief?