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you may not agree with the Supreme Court ruling today, but many do. people gained LIFE today. people FOUND STRENGTH today. people RECEIVED HOPE today. people get to marry WHOMEVER THEY LOVE today. that sounds pretty great right? abunch of amazing things for humanity happening today and not once did I mention the word “gay”. it’s not that I believe that being gay is right, but I don’t believe it isn’t right. my outtake on relationships is marry who makes you happy, makes you feel important, and loves you for who you are. if that happens to be a girl or a boy then who cares. im a Christian and that by NO MEANS means that I hate LGBT. my religion says man and woman and that’s what I believe is right, so that makes being LGBT a sin. people sin everyday, no big deal. the BIBLE SAYS that every sin is equal in God’s eyes. so that means murder is as easily forgiven as lying. so lying is EQUAL to being “gay”. being gay isn’t wrong, it makes people happy and there is absolutely no way anyone can possibly tell me that being happy is wrong. there is no reason to hate someone because of ONE life decision. ONE CHOICE does not send you to hell. ONE CHOICE is ONE CHOICE and I LOVE the people standing up for their decision because if it was me, and it was something in my heart that I thought was right I would have done the same thing. don’t hate today, don’t hate others. today is about equality for all, embrace it. love has won.

Why I no longer identify as bisexual (and why I'm okay with that)

I am a nineteen year old girl going to one of the best Christian schools in the country. When I chose my college, I also chose to give up a part of myself. When I was filling out my request for housing information, I had to say I was straight because otherwise no one would want to room with me. It is not the most conservative of Christian schools, and many of the students support marriage equality. However, tolerance is different than acceptance.

I live in fear that my friends would look at me differently if they ever found out that my first kiss was with a girl or that I dated my best friend for four months. I worry that the word “lesbian” or “bi” will accidentally slip out of one of my sisters’ mouths in a conversation with my college friends. I’m scared that someday I will raise my children in a religion that condemns their mother.

I live in fear of who I used I be, and who I, under layers of fear and faith, still am.

Today, on June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court took a huge step toward equality. This fills me with mixed emotions personally, but the joy is overwhelming. I have no desire to marry someone of the same gender, but this is a big deal for me - and everyone, no matter what their sexuality, gender, or personal beliefs.

I have a very unique, yet simple, belief: everyone is entitled to their own walk of life. You want to marry someone of the same gender? Fine. You disagree with homosexual marriage based on religious grounds? That’s okay too. In fact, I respect that because it’s a difficult stance to take, especially now. As long as you aren’t interfering with anyone else’s life, you do what you believe in! That’s why I, like many other Episcopalians, defend the separation of church and state. The government has no right to tell a couple they can’t get married, but the government also has no right to force a church to allow homosexual marriage if it is against their code of conduct. If the church can’t tell the government what to do, then the government can’t tell the church what to do.

The fight does not end here. Legalization of homosexual marriage does not necessarily mean equality has been reached. Homophobia is still visible, whether through words of ignorance or hate crimes. But we are closer.

Maybe someday, I will no longer live in fear.