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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  • Heboras

    Weird as this site turned over to be abbout everything else than topic?
    How nice that a women have strong values, and seek them allso in a housband.
    To be a coupple that are bouth in the same religion (now we are talking abbout Jehowas whittness) is a way to avoid religious conflicts. The Bible just teaches that this is the smart way to go. And is the bible correct? -Of this matter allso yes.
    This is not discriminating a religion, it´s just common sence, and a help to having a good marriage. -The bible have many of those.

  • It actually would be better that her partner be a JW because for one member of a relationship to be in a destructive cult and another not is a recipe for heartbreak.