This particular post’s title is an adaptation from a lyric of “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I got goose-bumps after listening to this song for the first time recently. Cliché, sure, but the honesty of the lyrics was and continues to be overpowering. Call me whatever radical, socialist, or other dramatic adjective you may be thinking currently, but I whole-heartedly believe in the necessity of universal human rights. For me, this view is explicitly defined by the inclusion of gay rights. As someone who was raised as a Christian in the heart of the midwest, I think people often times misinterpret “God’s will” for convenient strategies that sustain the current power dynamics in this country. Back when I was confirmed, I chose 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 as my individual confirmation verse, which goes a little something like this: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.” So then how does some people’s God only love straight people? What am I missing there? I think it’s high time Christians stop hiding behind scripture to coroborate hate and prejudices. The God I worship and pray to loves everyone, gay and straight people alike; there really is no difference in the end. I love the music video of “Same Love” – especially the wedding at the end. I know if my uncle were alive today, I would hope the same access to martial happiness be granted to him as it is to any other citizen. It’s 2013 people, either grow up and jump on board with the ever-evolving American dream or please promptly see yourself out.