MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 July)–As of April 2013, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and some parts of Brazil, Mexico, and the United States have allowed same sex couples to marry. In the Philippines and other countries where faith and religion are strong, many people are against the recognition of same sex marriage and homosexuality, making it a religious issue.

According to the bible, homosexuality is a sin. That’s the reason why the Church is against same sex marriage. In fact, the bible said “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”

But is Adam marrying Steve really a problem? What if Adam was your son, and he wanted to marry Steve, but they didn’t do it because you said no, even if it would have made both of them very happy? I have read posts of people on Tumblr who committed suicide, want to commit suicide and did self-harm because society won’t accept them for who they are. Imagine Adam ending his dear life because of that two-lettered word: NO. And you were the one who said it.

One thing I find funny is that there are more protests against same sex marriage compared to divorce. Aside from homosexuality, the bible also considers divorce as a sin. There are countless passages that talk about why divorce is wrong, and that there are consequences to getting a divorce, such as the wife should be stoned. But no, we don’t. We choose to overlook the consequences of divorce because time has proven them to be inhumane and cruel. I couldn’t find anything in the bible that talks about the consequences of a homosexual lifestyle. Yet, we seem to be firing up a campaign to ruin the lives of people we don’t even know.

Try to put yourselves in their shoes. Isn’t it painful to be unable to marry someone you love? Isn’t it painful to be discriminated because you get attracted to boys when you should be attracted to girls, and you get attracted to girls when you should be attracted to boys? Isn’t it painful when you pass by and they give you that stare that clearly says “I’m judging you?” It is. Like all other people, they just want to live their lives the way they want to.

Marriage should not be just between man and woman. It should be between love and love, no matter what the gender is. If in the future my son comes home from school saying, “There’s this boy from school and I like him!” I’m going to tell him “Yes, you do. And that’s okay!” I’m going to be happy for him.

So what if he likes a boy and not a girl? At least I’ll be proud to say that my son is capable of loving. The bible tells us to love thy neighbor. That’s it. There are no other rules or restrictions to that passage. So, we as a church family have to support equality with a smile on our face. That is the true Christian way. (Alexandria M. Mordeno, 13, is a 3rd year science curriculum student at the Bukidnon National High School in Malaybalay City)