You’re As Likely To Marry Outside Of Your Political Party As You Are Outside Your Race

These days, America’s two major political parties seem to disagree on just about every political issue of importance, from women’s right to bodily autonomy to whether or not global warming is, indeed, sinking Florida as we speak. But while the modern marriage is frequently portrayed as argument after argument, according to a new study by Pew Research Center on political polarization in the U.S., just nine percent of Republicans and eight percent of Democrats say their spouse or partner is a member of the other major political party. So, in other words, you’re as likely to marry outside your political party as you are outside your race.

Pew found that about 6.3 percent of Americans in 2013 were married to a spouse outside of their race, but according to The Washington Post, roughly one in eight marriages (or 12 percent) were interracial in 2013 — a steep climb from less than 1 percent in 1970.

While interracial marriage and gay marriage (less than 1 percent of all Americans are married to someone of the same gender) both appear to be on the ascent, bipartisan marriage is becoming increasingly controversial. It’s likely this has something to do with Democrats understandably not being too keen on marrying anyone associated with a political party that enabled the rise of an incompetent, sexist, racist bigot, but according to Vox, Republicans are increasingly antagonistic toward bipartisan marriages, too. In 1960, only 5 percent of Republicans opposed their children marrying Democrats. In 2008, this climbed to 27 percent, and by 2010, it reached 49 percent.

I can only imagine this number climbing in 2016, with major Republican leaders casting presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the literal antichrist. Clinton has stood as a powerful symbol of the Democratic party and modern liberalism for the past few decades, during which both parties have become increasingly antagonistic toward each other.

Sure, it doesn’t hurt to be receptive to what ideas the other side is offering, and to listen and try to get along with people who radically disagree with you. God knows our bogged-down, inefficient political system would benefit greatly from following this advice. But at the same time, arguably the key to any lasting marriage is knowing that your spouse respects you and isn’t the sort of overbearing dick who thinks the government should have control over your body or that it’s OK to dehumanize and undermine immigrants, poor people, and the Muslim community.

What I’m saying is that the current, polarized state of our modern political system is deeply unfortunate, but given the gravity of the issues being disagreed on, it’s pretty understandable.