Pretty much a must for me, yeah.
Just before and after I went vegan, AR was of course all I could talk about with everyone, including the bf. I asked him to watch Earthlings, and he did. He ended up deciding to go vegan, too. If he hadn't, it would have been a problem. I don't think I could be with, stay with someone who felt comfortable contributing to animal exploitation.
I can be friends with non-vegans, although issues do come up from time to time. It's definitely easier with other vegans. But with dating, relationships... Ideally the person would already be vegan, but if not, I wouldn't want them to be changing for me. Of course it's okay if they're inspired to change by me, but I want them doing it for the right reasons...
Direct action is always the clamorer, the initiator, through which the great sum of indifferentists become aware that oppression is getting intolerable. - Voltairine de Cleyre