I have dated more Protestants than I have Catholics. It does not have to be a problem unless you make it a problem. It all comes down to one thing and that is respect as you respect each others right to believe as they choose. I was married in the Catholic church with a mass and our sons were raised Catholic, but religion was never a problem. He even supported financially the Catholic church, but he never converted. We were together until we were parted by death. If I had waited for a Catholic man, I may never have married. I have no regrets.
Most recently I dated a retired Southern Baptist minister. One of his best friends is a Catholic priest. He never tried to convert me.
In an ideal world we would only date within our faith. I would love to date and fall in love with a Catholic man, but in all reality it may never happen. We have the choice to remain alone or open ourselves up to other possibilities.
Sharon, I've got to disagree. For those of us wanting to raise children in the Church (the Catholic Church), dating a Protestant for marriage (and why else would one date?) is a non-starter. You have been fortunate to find a Southern Baptist who did not try to convert you. I'm fighting a battle with a much older half-sister, married to a Southern Baptist minister, over my conversion to Catholicism. Not easy going, trying to defend my new faith as a NEW Catholic!!