Originally posted by normbenign
I agree with your notion of avoiding possible conflicts, yet we see marriages such as between Mary Matlin (right wing extremist) and James Carville (left wing extremist) which turn out pretty successful by all accounts.
Mainstream US politics has a narrow range by most Western standards, so
the differences between 'liberal Democrats' and 'conservative Republicans'
tend to be minor when compared to political differences in many other societies.
Ehud ('Udi' ) Aviv and Sylvia Klingberg were both anti-Zionist Marxist Israeli Jews.
They got married when he was in an Israeli prison (he had met PLO members
in Syria). (Evidently, their marriage never was consummated.) Sylvia
regularly visited Udi in prison and attempted to keep up his morale.
After a few years of marriage, however, Udi surprised Sylvia on one visit:
(This dialogue is an approximation of what has been reported in print.)
Udi: I want a divorce.
Sylvia: (stunned) Don't you still love me?
Udi: Of course, I still love you.
Sylvia: Then why do you want a divorce?
Udi: Because, as my wife, you have to support me completely.
Sylvia: Why do you feel that I have not been supporting you completely?
Udi: That means politically. I have been making some political statements,
and you have been making political statements that have some differences.
Sylvia: Being your wife does not mean that I have to agree with you 100%
about politics. Can't we just love each other and accept our differences?
Udi: No, that can't work for me. I want a divorce.
And so Udi Aviv and Sylvia Klingberg got divorced. Their political differences
seem to have related to their interpretations of Marxist revolutionary theory.