With marriage around the corner, some people are questioning the meaning of the term ‘Marriage.’
“Dating is one of the most significant moments in your life, but it can be hard for you to connect with someone of the same sex,” says Dr. Jennifer Smith, a psychologist at the University of South Carolina.
“The truth is, there’s nothing inherently wrong with being married, but being a part of a relationship with someone with whom you have a similar sexual orientation can be awkward.”
She suggests that people who are single or single-parent families should seek out a partner who has a same-sex partner.
“In this particular situation, you’re both in a situation where you’re the same gender, but you have different sexual orientations,” she says.
“If you’re a single parent, you don’t necessarily need a partner of the opposite sex, so if you are in a relationship, it’s very important to get that partner.”
Dr. Smith recommends that couples seek out other same-gender partners in the hopes of finding a balance of openness and intimacy.
“I think the key thing is, you should be open to being in a marriage with someone who is different from you,” she explains.
“We’re not talking about dating a person of the other gender, we’re talking about having the same sexual orientation.”
The same-Sex Marriage MovementThe “Marriage Movement” began with a few groups like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Organization for Marriage, and now has more than 1,000 chapters across the country.
But the movement is still young, and some of its leaders are still finding their footing.
“A lot of it’s been through grassroots organizing,” says Jennifer Smith.
“Some people have been in the movement for a while, but a lot of people who have joined it are new to it.”
For example, when I met Dr. Smith, she was a professor of psychology at South Carolina State University and a practicing psychologist.
She was part of the “Married Dating Association” at the time.
“It’s been an interesting and interesting process,” she tells USA TODAY.
“I’m still learning and working through what the movement stands for and what it says to me as a person.”
Dr Smith says she sees a lot in the “Love Your Neighbors” movement and the “Dating with Someone of Color” movement, but the two are not the same.
“Love your neighbors is not the Same Marriage Movement,” she adds.
“This is the love of the people that you love and care about.
That’s what we’re really focused on.”
Dr. Joseph P. Sacks, an expert on gay rights at the Washington State University School of Law, says the “marriage movement is actually not that different from the ‘love your neighbors’ movement.”
“Same-sex marriage has nothing to do with loving the people you love,” he says.
“Same sex marriage is a matter of the law.
Marriage is not something that’s up to God, or a question of conscience,” he adds.