According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly 37% of Americans are married to someone of a different faith.
When selecting a life partner, values, beliefs, and other cultural and religious factors are evaluated in a filtering, stage-like process called Stimulus-Values-Roles or SRV.
In the Stimulus stage, couples are attracted to each other.
In the Values stage, couples analyze each other’s values and beliefs, including cultural and religious traditions, to determine whether they are similar to or different from their own.
Learning a foreign language is often another challenge to accept, the customs of your native land, food, dress and other aspects of your original culture might be hard to deal with.
But, before you get married there must have been a period of time since you first met someone until you take the final decision. How did you manage to go out and communicate with him or her? They will develop a deeper understanding of people and things beyond borders, new ways of thinking, new customs, and they will take the better of two worlds and share these with their children if they have any.
Regarding gender differences, the more that husbands attended religious services and were generally more religious, the lower the frequency of marital arguments and the higher the marital adjustment scores in first marriages and remarriages.
For women in a remarriage, however, there were no differences in levels of marital adjustment regardless of the wife’s level of religiosity.
In fact, marriages with an Asian partner were generally more stable than White homogamous marriages.
Interestingly, the success of all of the marriages, except Asian–White, was predicted by the most divorce-prone group represented in the couple, rather than a balance of the two.