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Spencer Geiger, center, stands with Roger Roman, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia., with those in support of gay marriage as a hearing in Norfolk Federal Court on the constitutionality of the Virginia law goes on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Adrin Snider/Newport News Daily Press/MCT)

Your hatred: It’s a choice

Spencer Geiger, center, stands with Roger Roman, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia., with those in support of gay marriage as a hearing in Norfolk Federal Court on the constitutionality of the Virginia law goes on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Adrin Snider/Newport News Daily Press/MCT)

Spencer Geiger, center, stands with Roger Roman, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia., with those in support of gay marriage as a hearing in Norfolk Federal Court on the constitutionality of the Virginia law goes on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Adrin Snider/Newport News Daily Press/MCT)

For the first time ever, if you’re living in the United States, there is a more than 50 percent chance that you’re living in an area where same-sex marriage is legal.

People are saying that this “momentum” will carry the country to the point of true equality for all. It’s sad that in 2014 this is still even an issue.

The Supreme Court of the United States recently announced it would not hear five court cases on same-sex marriage. The cases were appeals to previous court rulings that deemed gay-marriage bans unconstitutional because of their inherent discrimination and failure to provide “equal protection under the law,” an entitlement that all Americans should enjoy.

There have been many complaints from the right saying that the government is interfering in something it shouldn’t even be involved in. However, banning same-sex marriage means that the government was already involved.

How can a person be so obsessed with how other people live their lives – to the point that they’ll go out and protest the fact that they even exist? It’s not as if it’s a choice to be gay. A choice is being a so-called devout religious person who has decided to fill their heart with such hatred and spread it around to others.

Isn’t religion supposed to be good? If you choose to be religious, instead of spreading hate why not perhaps preach acceptance and love?

Religion is causing so much hatred in the world and even within your own homes.

It’s hard enough for kids to come out to their parents so they can be who they were made to be.

All of this “God hates fags” stuff only forces your gay children to stay in the closet and possibly live a lie for their whole lives and never truly be happy. And what a good parent that makes you for forcing your child to be someone he or she isn’t.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24, and gay youth are four times more likely to commit suicide than straight youth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Same-sex marriage being legal might not seem like a huge deal to some people, but it serves as a symbol for young people who are struggling with who they are and what that means for their lives in the future. Being allowed to be called equal to the straight majority is a huge step forward for people who feel hated every day of their lives.

Hopefully, this societal shift keeps going as it has been for the last couple years.

Right now, we have a president and vice president who support same-sex marriage. The same might not be true after the presidential election in 2016.

Hopefully the next two years won’t just further shift the laws of our nation toward equality, but also help shape the minds of the people we live with and the politicians who get to call the shots for everyone.

It will probably take another decade for true equality to take hold. The fact that we even label it “same-sex marriage” is offensive.

The masses probably don’t realize that it’s offensive, but the gay community has accepted it in the hope of moving forward. Really, there won’t be true equality until same-sex marriage is referred to as simply marriage.

It’s the difference between tolerance and acceptance. Although it’s mighty kind of you to find it in yourself to merely tolerate someone, it would be much nicer if you accepted them.

One day we’ll reach a point where we can look back and see how silly this debate was – a time when government isn’t so intertwined in people’s lives, and there are no laws defining marriage – an atmosphere that’s been created where there is no need for labels such as “straight” or “gay,” and everyone will just be.

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