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People Are Debating Whether Married Men Can Eat Alone With Other Women After This Pence Story

The revelation that the vice president won't dine alone with other women has sparked heated discussion on social media.

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The revelation that Vice President Mike Pence never eats alone with a woman other than his wife has sparked an interesting and rather heated debate on social media.

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According to a recent Washington Post profile of Karen Pence, the vice president told The Hill in 2002 that he never eats alone with any woman but his wife. He also reportedly told The Hill that he wouldn't attend events that served alcohol without his wife.

The Post profile characterized Karen Pence as a strong influence in her husband's political career and an integral part of the Trump campaign.

The story also explored the couple's evangelical Christian faith and its impact on their personal and political lives.

The dining revelation was defended by some as a personal choice made by the Pences, applauded by others as an example of relationship goals, and criticized by detractors as demeaning to women.

As writer Laura Turner explained in a Twitter thread, Pence was following an evangelical Christian practice known as "the Billy Graham Rule."

In 1948, renowned American evangelist Billy Graham vowed never to be alone with a woman other than his wife to avoid even the appearance of an inappropriate relationship and to protect his marriage, according to a Christianity Today article.

Evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans said that the men who were defending Pence's adherence to the Billy Graham rule were the same ones who "shrug off Trump's bragging about sexual assault as NBD."

  1. So, what do you think: Is it ever OK for a straight married person to dine alone with a member of the opposite sex? Or a person of the same sex if it's a same-sex couple?

    Yes, of course.
    Yes, of course.
    No, never.
    No, never.
    Only sometimes. (I'll explain in the comments.)
    Only sometimes. (I'll explain in the comments.)

People Are Debating Whether Married Men Can Eat Alone With Other Women After This Pence Story

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So, what do you think: Is it ever OK for a straight married person to dine alone with a member of the opposite sex? Or a person of the same sex if it's a same-sex couple?
  1. Yes, of course.
     
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    Yes, of course.
  2. No, never.
     
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    No, never.
  3. Only sometimes. (I'll explain in the comments.)
     
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    Only sometimes. (I'll explain in the comments.)

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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