I think that religion has nothing to do with love. You either love someone or you don't. If you love them you will be able to put all your prejudice to one side and simply love them because you love them.
Things that are taught to us when we are young (especially certain religious views) can end up separating us from people who we really want to be with. We are taught not to use our heart but a prejudiced judgement about certain people. If we want to grow up then we must learn to lose our religious beliefs when it comes to love. Maybe in losing your life you will find it.