Yahoo News asked voters to share stories about relationships gone sour during the election - and how they're working to mend fences. Here's one person's story.
FIRST PERSON | It was a perfect match from the beginning -- except for the brief foreshadowing on our second date about the one point of contention we would have.
My husband, Tom, and I met in late 2007, when we were both in our mid 40s. On our second date we were singing sappy show tunes and having a ball, delighted that we both knew the same ones.
Somehow the topic of conservation came up, and he asked, "You're not one of those liberal tree-huggers, are you?" I replied that I was indeed. I think we agreed at that moment that we would peacefully disagree. We never had difficulty with this until this last election.
Not only am I a die-hard liberal, but so are my kids. Most of our friends in San Mateo, Calif., are as well, including the father of my children. We both favor gay marriage, reproductive rights, and health care for all. We deeply distrust Mitt Romney and thought that a Romney presidency would throw us into the dark ages. Poor Tom was completely outnumbered. Normally we might have a little good-natured sparring about politics, but Tom always remained calm. We three drove him to lose his cool these last few months. It wasn't easy because Tom has tremendous self-control. He does get upset about things he feels are moral questions. He is against gay marriage. I am against religious people (like him) telling other people what to do.
He voted his conscience, which was neither Democrat nor Republican. He's a Libertarian. I told him he was throwing his vote away. He finally raised his voice at me and told me that voting against his conscience would be a throwaway vote. He has been completely outnumbered, and we three have treated him as if he had one eye and drooled.
In the meantime, we have been performing together in our local production of "Narnia." He's good, I'm bad. The show is over this weekend, and now the election is behind us. Time for us to be a family again!
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