I’m more liberal now, and a lot of my friends act like I’m crazy, especially about abortion issues and gay rights.

“My husband and I have had to become much more intentional about the ways that we relate to one another.

When you have the same belief, you assume a lot without asking.

“I have become more liberal in my thinking because of him and changed Lutheran denominations because of that,” says Julie.

“We both can agree, and I love the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

“I’m sure religious differences sometimes tear relationships apart, but ours has only made us trust one another more,” says Amanda, an atheist married to a Baptist.

“I grew up Baptist, but now I am a closeted atheist in the South.

She makes me think first about whether I am expressing the true heart of Islam in what I say.

I am a better representative of my own faith now than before I met her.” Many nonbelievers feel the same.

The rest offered not only benefits, but many of the same benefits, over and over.