The recent thread on Muslims marrying outside their religion makes me wonder how others feel about marrying outside their religion.
I was thinking the other day that I married a Catholic, but it wasn’t a big deal then–decades ago. It might not have been a big deal, because we were both Catholics, so there was no issue. However, I don’t remember asking about religion when we were dating. Somehow we learned that we were Catholic, but neither of us has any memory of a conversation. Maybe being Irish and Italian made the Catholic status a no-brainer.
Though religion wasn’t an issue then, as time has gone by I see that a lot of things are good because we’re on the same page about religion, which effects our outlook on some important specific issues and on life in general.
If I had to do it again, religion would be a more important factor in considering a spouse.
Did you marry someone of the same religion?
If you married someone outside your religion, how did you decide which religion to raise your kids in (if you have kids)? Did one or the other of you convert to the other’s religion? If there were any issues because of the difference in religions, were there certain areas of life that they tended to creep up in?
If you married someone of the same religion, and either your spouse or you later changed religions, did that cause tension?