Households divide over political views - KOTA Territory News

Households divide over political views


Election years can be tough on families and friends with different political views. Some go as far as blocking or "defriending" people of Facebook due to political comments. But one KOTA Territory couple with strong opposing views is finding a way of making it work.

Ever since they met in college, Matt and Jessica Koupal knew they had a lot in common. "We found out we had common movie interests, literature and things like that," said Jessica.

"For me the going to the same church was a big deal," said Matt.

But six years and three children later, there is still one thing these love birds disagree on, politics. "I voted for Barack Obama and Joe Biden," said Jessica.

"Romney Ryan," added Matt with a laugh.

Jessica is a Democrat and Matt is a Republican, which can lead to some very heated arguments in the Koupal household. "Sometimes we have to walk away, sometimes voices get a little elevated, and he goes to one room and I go to one room," said Jessica.

"I've never slept on the couch yet," said Matt.

They say most of their political comments to one another are in jest. One of Jessica's friends even bought a pair of democratic booties for their son Tanner. "My husband says well one day what if he's Republican and he has pictures with those things on oh he's going to be so mad at you," said Jessica.

But even when they disagree, they stand united. "We laugh that we cancel each other out; its still important that we make our voices heard," said Matt.

Maybe there is something that even the big wig politicians can learn from the Koupals. "When the election's all said and done we all need to essentially work together and figure out how to solve a lot of the problems we're in and not bicker," said Matt. "It's kind of sad that national politics lately have kind of lost that ability to argue constructively."

Jessica and Matt say they've already made it through two Presidential Elections and don't think their opposing beliefs will be a breaking point in their marriage.


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