Yup, everything seems to predict disaster here with reputations and public image...
In Forrests' book Skymates II on the composite, they wrote:
"...they are going to bring something shocking and uncomfortable to the attention of their community..." which will cause others to oppose them.
And they say that if the couple "gets it wrong" (whatever that implies), their reputations will be ruined/careers will be ruined/they'll get a lot of oppositions from authority figures or powerful people.
I wonder if this is the way it actually works...