I am an 18 year old, straight, conservative girl. I wholeheartedly support gay rights. I always have. For years I grew up in a christian home, going to church all the time, going to private lutheran schools and going to confirmation classes. I now am old enough and feel I have the experience and knowledge to make my own decision about my beliefs. I recently wrote a paper in my english class on legalizing gay marriage and I interviewed some of my friends, family, and people whom I didn't know very well. Some gave this reason for not supporting gay rights: "The bible says so." or "It's just wrong." This is NOT reason enough to deny someone their right to be happy. The bible also says things like you can't wear two different fabrics at once, honor thy father and thy mother or you shall be put to death, and talking to women while they are on their period is a sin. Look it up. Leviticus says it all. It also says that marriage between men and multiple women is okay. This is not something that I can agree with. People give this reason for not following any of those: "Times have changed. It was different back then." So, apparently, we can pick and choose what we follow in the bible. Well, I'm here to say that times HAVE changed. Gays are no different than anyone else. They deserve happiness. They deserve love. They deserve to be able to acknowledge that love. They deserve everything anyone else does. I will support this until the day I die, and these hypocritical christians can deal with it. Believe what you want, but do NOT take someone else's rights away.