Thursday, 01 November 2012
With the presidential election coming up in less than a week, there are surely more debates going on than just the ones on CNN. Every election incites arguments between friends, family, and lovers, but in this one especially, when two candidates differ so strongly on social issues, there are bound to be many impassioned fights across the country.
Obama publicly professed his support for gay marriage during his last term, while Romney and Ryan have voted for and even sponsored congressional bills that outlaw abortion and other methods of contraception. There is clearly a social divide between the two candidates. The question is, how is this impacting couples in the United States?
Personally, I am an extremely liberal person. In my mind, it would be an absolute deal breaker for me if someone I was dating was conservative. But then there are those situations when people just fall in love. Maybe it's love at first sight, or maybe you fall in love with everything else about a person, and yet your political views differ vehemently. To what extent can you be close to someone whose political views are different from yours?
I am sure that it is possible, as I have friends whose parents have been happily married for years despite different political views. However, I also know that one thing that holds my boyfriend and me so close is our common view of equality for all people, gay or straight, man or woman, rich or poor. For me, it all comes down to values. I truly believe that I would never be able to love someone with such different values than me, and many of my values boil down to liberal politics. When I think about raising a family with someone down the road, I can't imagine that person not sharing the same liberal politics as me. But maybe I am wrong. Maybe it is possible to agree to disagree.
What do you all think? Is it possible to love someone and be in a relationship long term if they have different political views than you?