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With the recent repeal of DOMA, a federal law enabling states to refuse same-sex marriage and 13 states, not including Ohio, legalizing same-sex marriage, homosexuality is a topic that will undoubtedly be part of our future. Homosexuality among Christians is a concept that is explored by writers Jane Eskildsen and Hannah Benson in this issue’s Spotlight story, “Breaking the Holy Barrier,” found on page 14.

Throughout the article, Jane and Hannah discuss Pope Francis’ stance on the subject and look further into gay marriage, gay adoption, and homosexuality in general within not only the Catholic church, but also the Christian faith. The two were able to speak with junior Anna Smoot and senior John Lagucki about the topic. Smoot and Lagucki are LGBT students who were willing to share their stories about coming out and their hopes for the future.

With Francis’ recent public stance on the topic and the growing number of same-sex marriage states in the United States, the controversy of gay marriage has become questionable for many Christians. Francis recently said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Despite this, he then went on to say that he disapproves of same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption. Some are in agreement with him and the Catholic Church, while others continue to support the acceptance of everyone, regardless of their sexuality.

So which of these sides is correct? Should Christians accept gay marriage and still claim to follow God’s laws or should those wanting to marry their significant other of the same sex follow the Bible? While I know this is a thought-provoking topic, I hope respectful discussion can be created with this story.

This issue also features a not to be missed guest letter from principal Ryan McClure. Found on page 30, this letter discusses the excellence of UAHS and McClure’s hopes to communicate that excellence through a school motto. McClure recommends that students participate in the voting of a school motto and emphasizes his hopes for strong pride among the Golden Bears. Echoing McClure’s hopes, I urge each and every one of you to participate in voting for a motto that can represent our school in a positive light.

Grace Moody

Arlingtonian Editor-in-Chief