A student in Minnesota has decided to make her own anti-gay T-shirt to wear on campus ahead of the state’s public referendum on equal marriage.

Concordia College senior Rebecca Julius created a black top with the words “sin is sin” across the front, followed by three Bible passages about truth and evil on the back.

Julius, a devout Wisconsin Synod Lutheran, told Minnesota Public Radio:

“I don’t identify with all these people that say homosexuality is a perfectly acceptable way to live; that’s not me.

“So the reason I wanted to do this T-shirt was one, to stand up for God’s word because I feel like it’s getting completely trampled in this place that’s supposed to be Christian and two, to just separate myself from it and not give anybody the impression that this what I believe.”

Julius made the T-shirt in response to the college’s support of the recent Coming Out Day – where members of its Straight and Gay Alliance handed out t-shirts with the slogan “love is love”.

Julius has admitted to previously feeling “alone” on campus and not always fitting in, but added: “I know where I stand with my faith. And I know I have so many people behind me and supporting me and I also know that God is proud of what I’m trying to do for him.”