By Timothy Alston, Lorel Durant and Kita Williams
Students at Lincoln University have mixed feelings about gay marriage, a topic that has been debated across the nation recently.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in two cases involving gay marriage, one involving California’s ban on gay marriage called Proposition 8 and the other involving the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court is expected to issue rulings in both cases this summer.
Recent polls show growing acceptance of gay marriage by the public.
A poll in December by USA Today showed 53 percent support gay marriage, up from 40 percent in 2009. More recently, a poll by The Washington Post and ABC showed 58 percent support for gay marriage.
A Pew Research Center survey showed that support climbs to 70 percent among young people ages 18 to 32.
Rachelle Augustine, 23, a senior, is among those who support gay marriage, even though her opinion is different from her mother’s beliefs.
“You can’t help who you love,” Augustine said. “My mother is not for it. She is really spiritual and she feels it’s a sin. She’s living in her time, but its more accepting now.”
Mashari Grissom, a junior Mass Communication major, said, “I have friends who are homosexual, and love is transparent. If someone wants to marry who they want, it’s not an issue.”
Chisom Ihegirika, 18, a freshman Political Science major, said, “I understand, however I’m Catholic so I don’t believe in it. However I have no hostility and I have no negative opinion. If things do get passed in their favor it its what is I wont be furious.”
When specifically asked if he thought that the courts should legalize same-sex marriage, Raheem McLeod stressed that he is a Christian and that spiritual foundation cannot agree with its legalization.
Daniel Appeah, 19, a freshman from Ghana majoring in Biology said, “I too am a Christian and I don’t believe that it’s right.”
Sheldon Fisher of Queens, N.Y., is an Information Technology major who bases her opinion that gay marriage is acceptable on what she reads in the Bible.
“The Bible teaches us that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman, but the Bible also says that love is patient and love is kind,” said Fisher. “I don’t agree that it is wrong.”
Shavon Jordan, 21, a senior Human Services major from Philadelphia, said, “I support gay marriage, although Catholic, because it touches me personally.”
Jordan’s sister is a lesbian and she feels her sister was born this way and deserves to be happy just like everyone else.