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Same Sex MarriageName; Aakash PoudelProfessor; P. Lyons Course; PsychologyDate; 11/20/12017 The topic of same-sex marriage, or gay marriage, is extremely divisive in today’s society. This paper will address some of the issues surrounding gay marriage which is marriage between people of the same sex, either as a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting. Many in favor of same-sex marriage suggest that gay couples should have the same marital benefits as heterosexual couples, which is simply a civil rights issue (Van Dijk, 2015).   According to Kray & Jackman, (2017) the culture of the people in my group believe that Loving marriages, whether they are gay or straight, can make for a good and happy life. Ultimately, “Same-sex couples are similarly situated to different-sex couples in terms of their economic status, their family decisions, their interdependence, and their valuing of marriage. It’s no surprise, then, that gay couples eagerly take advantage of the right to marry when they have it. Research shows that couples who marry – gay or straight – want to express their commitment to each other and to their family and friends. Same-sex couples want to marry to create a firm personal and legal foundation for their own lives and security for their current and future children. This group’s culture has influenced me greatly because Marriage is something to be celebrated. I look forward to the day when I am able to conduct weddings for all couples, gay or straight, in the name of God. The truth is I’m not at all indifferent to the fate of marriage as a whole, but I cannot see what terrible damage same-sex marriage would actually do to it (Sugiura & Yokota, 2017).  The contribution that this group has made, is that it has led to lower rates of promiscuity among gay men, more stable homes for the children of gay parents, less trauma in families with gay offspring, lower rates of disease transmission, more independent and self-reliant members of society. This particular group is very important to me because personally I have been brought up in a gay marriage family and when I meet gay and lesbian couples, when I meet same-sex couples, and I see how caring they are, how much love they have in their hearts, how they’re taking care of their kids, when I hear from them the pain they feel that somehow they are still considered less than full citizens when it comes to their legal rights, then, for me, I think it just has tipped the scales in that direction, some of the things I have been able to do is I have stood up and helped some of my fellow friends who were being oppressed and also being part of this group has been the most powerful than operating alone, I have also been able to fight for their rights (Kray & Jackman, 2017). In contrast, those against same-sex marriage see this concept as a moral matter, which violates traditional ethical standards. Since the beginning of time, most cultures have acknowledged marriage a unity between men and women. In addition, the concept of traditional marriages has been challenged in some states to allow same-sex marriage as well. In response to this movement, many states have passed marriage laws to forbid same sex marriage (Sugiura & Yokota, 2017).   In comparison between these two groups, I don’t believe that opposite-sex and same-sex relationships are the same, but I do believe, with growing numbers of same sex couples, that the time for denigrating or stigmatizing same-sex relationships is over. Whatever one’s definition of marriage, legally recognizing gay and lesbian couples and their children is a victory for basic fairness. Additionally, Marriage is a public institution because it brings together men and women for the reproduction of the human race, and keeps them together to raise the children produced by their union. If I spend a day with members of the out-group, I would feel so discouraged because, The Bible forbids same sex marriage, in Leviticus 18:22, states: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” thus condemning homosexual relationships. In Islamic tradition, several hadiths condemn gay and lesbian relationships, including the sayings “When a man mounts another man, the throne of God shakes,” personally if feel that if two people of the same gender love each other, they should be allowed the same privileges as a straight couple. For instance, if a marriage is about two people who love each other, the nation should acknowledge all unions instead of discriminating same-sex marriage. In other words, two individuals with the same gender have the fundamental right to commit to each other; it is their person freedom and right.  I would try to be more open minded, caring, brave, observant and above all disciplined in order to fit and learn in this particular group.  (Van Dijk, 2015).  After engaging with members of the out-group, I found out that allowing same-sex couples to marry would give them access to the social support that already facilitates and strengthens heterosexual marriages, with all of the psychological and physical health benefits associated with that support. I can admit that by completing this assignment, my thoughts about these two groups has completely changed and I think necessary steps ought to be identified to support same sex marriage rather than enhance and rebuke same sex marriage which is very brutal and unfair. It is also important for people to understand each other’s culture because it will build change when people work together, each culture has strengths  hence one can benefit from it, individuals are able to overcome racism and ethnicity, one is able to view how the society is and appreciate other people’s cultures. What I have learnt from this research that could help members of in-group and out-group to interact effectively and address this issue is that there should be no prejudice or discrimination between the groups and there ought to be close in-group out-group relationships to reduce group anxiety to produce broader positive group emotions results (Sugiura & Yokota, 2017).ReferencesKray, L. J., Howland, L., Russell, A. G., & Jackman, L. M. (2017). Social Attitudes Regarding Same?Sex Marriage and LGBT Health Disparities: Results from a National Probability Sample. Journal of Social Issues, 73(3), 508-528.Sugiura, H., Mifune, N., Tsuboi, S., & Yokota, K. (2017). Same-sex Marriage and the Constitution. Cambridge University Press.Van Dijk, T. A. (2015). Same-Sex Marriage. Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, 13(1).https://gaymarriage.procon.org/ http://www.heritage.org/marriage-and-family/report/religion-and-morality-the-same-sex-marriage-debate