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  1. Leo says

    On her “own volition”…I’m guessing will be the coming statement? B*LL. SH*T.

    Maybe I haven’t been following this enough to hear of anything worse, but this really seems like the lowest of the low in terms of the state marriage battles across the country.

    Please expand on those “wonderful experiences” to be missed honey. Oh wait, your parents couldn’t articulate them in this statement they wrote for you. I’d also love to meet the ex-gays to which you speak so you can hear them admit to you the feelings are still there, they just don’t act on them. Or they’re bisexual’s identifying as straight that have assimilated into the hetero-normative privilege.

  2. luminum says

    Making homeschooled kids everywhere look terrible.

    Look, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt that these are your opinions and not necessarily those directly spoon fed into your mouth by your folks (though I’m sure they feel the same way) and if that’s the case, you need to rethink your reasoning:

    “I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on.”

    Kid, their parents are going to be in a relationship whether or not they can get married, so these kids aren’t going to be “missing out” on anything, except covered health care, coverage for life insurance, or visitation rights when one of their parents gets sick.

    It’s also great that you think you’re in a place to tell other kids that the way they feel about their families is wrong and that you know better. Let this be a learning moment for you, because I’m sure in the next few days, you’re going to hear a lot of the same things said about you and your family. And do you think those people know better than you about whether or not your family loves you or is a good family?

    And sweetie, stop letting people think you’re stupid because you think the same-sex marriage debate is about the meaning of words. The dictionary alters the definitions of words all the time. Pick arguments that you can actually defend.

    And finally, before you make statements like this, please actually stop and consider just how exactly something you’re against is going to affect you. If you can tell me how two people you don’t know getting married is going to affect the way your marriage happens and turns out (if it ever happens), we might be able to have a discussion.

    But in the mean time, I just feel sorry for you, and I’m thankful some of your other peers are lightyears ahead of you on this one.

  3. redball says

    “It’s rather scary to think that when I grow up the legislature or the court can change the definition of any word they want.”

    Then why the eff are you talking because “woman” used to be traditionally defined as “stay at home, have babies, and keep cooking!”

    Dumb parents, dumb child.

  4. says

    i have a prediction:

    in 10 years we’re going to see thing young lady having a very Dunaway-in-Chinatown moment…

    “she’s my sister…she’s my daughter…she’s…my sister…and my daughter….she’s my sister AND my daughter…”

    gross. i know. but hey, if the homeschooled whitetrash bible-thumpin’ shoe fits….

  5. Demian says

    The whole purpose of home schooling is to exert maximum control over your child’s mind. This is true whether you’re righty or lefty. The public schools have their problems, but let’s admit one thing: they are staffed by professional educators. Not by parents seeking to use mind control, though there’s plenty of that at the School Board meetings.

  6. Jake says

    What the F*ck is this!! I’m almost 17 so fir my 17th birthday I’ll ask for marriage equality ^_^ how about that! GOD! people like this make me mad, especially since she’s YOUNGER THAN ME!!

  7. john patrick says

    What a sweet little girl? Maybe she learned this from her parents. But she sounds like a little snob. I’ve known girls like that. She gets an F.

  8. Caliban says

    Maybe someone will gift-wrap something else for her birthday instead. Like her head. In Saran Wrap.

    OK OK, I’m JUST KIDDING. She’s 14, she’s homeschooled, and the first time she has a thought that wasn’t spoon-fed to her by her control freak parents she’ll think she’s being possessed by demons. But there’s still hope for her.

  9. Shelly says

    I don’t know which is more upsetting to me — the way this child has been abused by her parents’ religious extremeist brainwashing or the fact that so many of you are attacking the CHILD for this! I WAS brainwashed by evangelicals at about this age (thank God not family members) and it drove me to a serious anxiety disorder I’m still grappling with thirty years later.

    I hope this poor girl manages to get enough space she can learn to think straight without really bad damage having been done to her psyche by these sick people. Her parents are the monsters here, not her.

  10. says

    Demian: You are an idiot. I was homeschooled because my parents got pissed off at what a waste of time going to school was for me and my siblings. We were bored in class because the teachers catered to the lowest common denominator. One of my parents was a democrat and the other is a republican. My mother has her masters in special education and learning styles. My father is an electrical engineer.

    They never tried to control my thoughts. The idea was, simply, that they could do a better job educating me than the local school system, and they were right. Most of my peers never went to college. I went to a prestigious public university. Most of my peers are still living in my hometown without work. I am a software engineer living outside the US in Sydney, Australia. I travel all over the world and am saving up to buy a house whenever I decide to come back to the US.

    Next time you log on to make asinine comments about something you don’t have the slightest idea about — Don’t.

  11. MalaysianHO says

    Said MalaysianHo
    “Today is my 12th birthday and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote NO on Sarahs’ parents’ marriage. I really feel bad for the kids of Sarah’s parents. Even though they think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don’t want more kids to get confused about what’s right and okay. I really don’t want to grow up in a world where marriage isn’t such a special thing anymore.“

  12. Darrell says

    Home-schooled kids are total foot soldiers for the GOP and vastly taught in a highly religious fashion. This little girl was force-fed all this nonsense and her peers will not respect her for it. I feel sorry for the girl because she has only ever known what it’s like to be raised by hate-filled parents.

  13. jj says

    “I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender.” … no honey, you should start by feeling bad for the kids without parents at all.

  14. Rin says

    She’s 14. What does she know about dating, much less marriage? In fairness to her (yes, stop it) she’s still at that young age where in her head marriage = wedding. Some people never get over that. So in her selfish mind all of this ruins that notion of gowns and tuxedos and prince charming and snow white stuff.

    The reality of marriage and relationships takes a maturity of thought that she doesn’t have yet. She knows nothing of bills, budgets, house cleaning, in-laws and all of the reality of marriage and children.

    To her its the wedding and the picture. As you get older and realize that relationships are work, you just kind of go “Bravo” to anyone that can make them work.

    That is, unless you are some bitter old hag or white haired douchbag who leaves his cancer stricken wife for another ugly ass tart.

    Ahem.

  15. JohnC says

    I was this kid. I feel for her, and I know that she wouldn’t get why anyone would feel bad for her standing up for beliefs… but I feel for her lack of experience and exposure to actual gays and lesbians and their families. It took me getting to know gay men and lesbians (who were CHRISTIAN! WHAT?!) to open my mind. I hope that she is given the opportunity to see who we are, the lives we lead, and most importantly, the love we can share with one another.

    I’d put away the fiery words of condemnation for this- she still was brave to stand up for her (very uninformed) beliefs… but just watch- should she go to college and make a few gay friends or realize that people she already knows are gay, she just may take that same spark and use it to become a strong ally.

    If they can say, “Hate the sin, love the sinner,” perhaps we could say, “Hate the ignorance, not the ignorant?”

  16. SoLeftImRight says

    I’m unclear on how in the holy F*CK a 14 year old’s testimony on marriage is relevant in a legislative proceeding. Is this serious? How is her opinion of any consequence. My best friend’s daughter is 11 and she supports marriage equality. Can I get her to testify? I really have no idea what this country is coming to.

    Thankfully, this 14 year old is the polar opposite of the trend and direction of support for marriage equality and equal rights for LGBT people in general among young people. I’m sure she’ll end up at some bible-thumping college for morons like Michelle Bachmann’s alma mater and will follow in the footsteps of ignorance and hate, fear and confusion.

  17. Jack says

    Adults using children to score political points should be deeply ashamed of themselves. Whether it is this homophobic family or the lesbian mother who had her little boy confront Bachmann. Let the adults debate these adult issues and let the children be children.

  18. gayalltheway says

    One word: hatred.

    Opponents of marriage equality are fuelled by nothing but hatred and ignorance towards anything that is different. The sad thing is when children are exploited like this. But one thing is certain, you know bigots and hate-mongers are desperate when they play the ‘children in danger because of marriage equality’ card.
    Marylanders know better than to believe in lies and to take away fundamental rights of other citizens.

  19. Polly wants a Cracker? says

    Was that a child or a talking parrot? I’m impressed that a bird could put so many words together like that even if there was no thought content.

  20. TJ says

    SMIB

    (southern Maryland inbred)

    But seriously, while homeschooling doesn’t necessarily mean right-wing, religious indoctrination, that certainly was the case in my last neck of the woods. Even in the best of circumstances, the kids can miss out not only on socialization (thus hampering development of social skills), but on development of an appreciation of diversity.

    And I agree with SOLEFTIMRIGHT. How is this child’s limited, immature viewpoint and testimony relevant? How is her’s expert testimony worth consideration?

  21. bruce says

    Horrible.
    This girl has learned to hate, without even realizing it. She obviously has hateful, bigoted, ignorant parents.
    I feel incredibly sorry for her. She will likely grow up to be an awful person…
    She is well on her way.

  22. NY2.0 says

    Did she get home schooled by Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher??? I feel sorry for this girl, she’s being raised by monsters and will likely have some tough and embarrassing lessons to learn over the next ten years.

  23. Ozymandias71 says

    Wow. *shakes head* That’s sad… and what’s worse, Sarah will have to live with the realization of her actions (whether she was put up to it or not) as an adult. I feel badly for how she’s been manipulated into being a mouthpiece for discrimination and hatred, without any clear understanding of the pain she’s causing.

    However, I’m not surprised… with growing support for Marriage Equality by the younger generation, it makes sense (in a completely cynical way) that the professional homophobes would try to prop up kids as their mouthpieces.

  24. Paul Keckonen says

    I don’t expect a 14 year old to have critical thinking skills but I do expect adults to. What this girl’s parents are failing to do is to teach her to think, what they have so far accomplished is to teach her to NOT think, to accept anything and everything they say at face value and never, ever question. And they have taught her to make dangerous assumptions. The most dangerous is that children of conservative, heterosexual, two parent,christian families are safer, happier, and more loved and nutured than all those “other” children she feels so bad for. Those of us with brains know that this is just not true. Having cristian opposite gender parents guarantees you nothing. What this girl’s parents are doing is teaching her how to prejudge individuals and groups of people based on bigotry, ignorance and superstition. As the church lady would say…”isn’t that special!” What children need to become healthy stable adults is not only love and nuturing in a stable home environment but healthy and stable role models -both men and women- in their lives. Whether the men are fathers or grandfathers or uncles, the women are mothers, grandmothers or aunts, is not as important as having a consistent, stable, reliable,safe,healthy and loving source of support and nuture from adults who helps YOU become an adult. What this girl’s parents are doing is keeping her an ignorant child in an adult’s body just like themselves, and if she ever realizes that what SHE has been missing out on – being an actual adult who can reason and use logic -she will resent them for many,many years if not for the rest of her life.

  25. Kenny says

    Sad that there are kids this young that are this full of ignorance arrogance bigotry and hate.Its obvious though that this child is not just speaking personally from what she believes but also…. what her parents believe. This little girl sounds just like all the other brainwashed weak minded weak willed easily swayed kids out there nowadays.

  26. Jerry6 says

    Hey, LITTLE KIWI; “Right On” A 14 year old HOME Schooled really knows a lot about life. Especially interaction with people her own age. Incidentally, where did she get all this knowledge about sexuality? At Home? mmmmmm.

  27. Tom in long beach says

    Sounds like she read the whole thing. Oh and about feeling sorry for kids that happen to have two same sex parents, feel sorry for the kids that have abusive opposite sex parents, or are in the foster system.
    While home schooling may be great for a few, I even knew two lesbian moms that were home schooling their kids.. I agree that the kids in it miss out on learning how to socially interact with peers.

  28. Erik says

    OK LETS NOT CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE OK…a marriage contract is a contract between two men..for the sell of a woman (chattel/property) form one man (the father) to another man (the husband)…that is the Traditional Definition of Marriage…GOT IT

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