We all have a list of things we want in a partner–ambitious, respectful, caring, funny, smart–but for many women, their partner’s faith serves as a potential deal breaker.

Recently tennis star Serena Williams sat down with Sister 2 Sister magazine to talk about what she wants in a mate.

“I think it’s important when you marry to be evenly yoked,” Serena told Sister 2 Sister.

“I’ve been studying to be a Jehovah’s Witness, so I go to Kingdom Hall. I grew up a Witness and it’s what I know and we teach things that come from the Bible.”

The news marks a change for Serena who previously dated rapper Common for years, and more recently fellow tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov, neither of whom are Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Setena’s religious requirement is certainly nothing new. Although I’ve dated across the faith spectrum (and continue to), my mother always preached that being “unequally yoked” is a definite no-no.

But what about you, Clutchettes and Gents? When it comes to dating, how important is your potential boo’s religion? 

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