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The fact that you are dating — and maybe even married to someone whose political beliefs are radically different than yours might be causing a rift between you and your parents or friends.

Many people take their political affiliations seriously.

Maybe it’s the forbidden nature of it, the secret thrill I feel knowing that my friends would never date a Republican. We’d start out hot – bantering with each other, clashing over every little thing – but the fundamental incompatibilities would prove too strong eventually, and the relationship would crumble. The sparks of our debate – which can be so thrilling – have more recently been tipping over into brawls.

Maybe I’m attracted to strong men with stronger opinions. That night, I did not hide my political leanings from Nick. Not long ago, I posted an Obama Facebook picture, and he immediately responded with a post from the RNC.

Once on the date the Republican will constantly be judging you, not only by the choice of red meat you select, but how rare you prefer it and how many hormones and artificial additives you are willing to ingest for her, but also they expect you to refuse to eat if served by someone they suspect to be an illegal alien or doesn't have a crucifix dangling from his or her neck.

And while conservative Republicans are turned off by a date “with strong opinions,” this trait turns a liberal Democrat on. But let’s say you’re a male liberal Democrat who has just met a gorgeous, smart and amusing conservative Republican and you’re heading out on your first date. Well first off, she will expect you to pay the bill.

And if you try and make a move, forget it—you’re not likely to get to first base.

4 tips to make your relationship work despite political differences.

Whether your politics skew to the left or the right, if you've fallen for someone who is essentially your political opposite, you might be a little bit shocked.