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12-Year-Old with Two Moms Gives Amazing Testimony at Rhode Island Marriage Equality Hearing: VIDEO


Sixth-grader Matthew Lannon testified at yesterday's marriage equality hearing in Rhode Island (which lasted until 5 am), telling the panel:

"If there's one thing you don't mess with in life, it's love. My parents and all the other gay and lesbian people here want to be happy, just like you. All they want is to be treated fairly. But unlike most of you, they have to come again here year after year and explain over and over why their love is equal to yours. This year, you have the opportunity to change that. I say, choose love.”


And here's a line-up of bigots telling Lannon his mothers aren't worthy of marriage:


(h/t david badash)

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  1. Wow, he was so articulate and emotional. Did the Bigot line-up remember to bring their defibrillator?

    Posted by: RONTEX | Mar 22, 2013 11:26:07 AM

  2. I think kids are our best weapon in these sorts of events. The bigots always blab about how horrible this issue is for kids, but I don't think I've ever seen a kid testify against gay marriage. You have a bunch of bright children making a very forceful and emotional plea for their families to be treated fairly, vs a lineup of crazy old people who can never explain why they care about this issue, and all they have going for them is they have plenty of time on their hands to sit through hearings looking deranged.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 22, 2013 11:46:56 AM

  3. Jesus. What nursing home bused in that line-up of sour, dour old pr*cks?

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 22, 2013 11:47:37 AM

  4. That photo is hilarious- bunch of old farts.

    Posted by: Brent | Mar 22, 2013 11:58:46 AM

  5. Man, what a sad sorry defeated line up. Now even the bigots know: game over.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Mar 22, 2013 12:02:25 PM

  6. amazing kid, amazing parents, sad line-up of folks who are determined to go to their graves being on the wrong end of history.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 22, 2013 12:05:01 PM

  7. The message of Jesus is simple: God loves everyone without exception or reservation. ~ Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw

    Children are not born with hatred, but taught with hatred. I salute Matthew Lannon's parents for teaching him about Love.

    Posted by: Seph | Mar 22, 2013 12:10:24 PM

  8. What a great speech.
    Agree, the pic is hilarious. You can see, almost feel the hate they have.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 22, 2013 12:11:58 PM

  9. We will win.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 22, 2013 12:18:20 PM

  10. Don't they realize that they've already redefined marriage when they say "1 man + 1 woman = Marriage".

    Posted by: szandor | Mar 22, 2013 12:18:34 PM

  11. Look at that sad lineup of old bigots with their rickety signs and long slobbering faces! Out with the old, in with the new! God bless this sixth grader for simplifying reality to them.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 22, 2013 12:24:23 PM

  12. Time is the answer. They will all die out eventually.

    Posted by: bambinoitalianoba | Mar 22, 2013 12:32:19 PM

  13. Absolutely amazing, brilliant young man.

    Posted by: Susan | Mar 22, 2013 12:35:56 PM

  14. I'll vote for you Mathew!

    Posted by: Monrocsol | Mar 22, 2013 12:39:44 PM

  15. The was a dad who bought his daughter and tried to make her say marriage is between a man and a woman. The little girl seemed to be too embarrassed to say anything. It was a total failure. My only concern is he was going to beat her up once they were home.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 22, 2013 12:41:27 PM

  16. What a great job he did!!! Go get 'em Matthew!

    Posted by: Deborah | Mar 22, 2013 12:45:21 PM

  17. The bigot line-up is filled with really old and/or severely obese people who won’t be around for much longer, what do they care!

    Hate to the bitter end, what a way to go out.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 22, 2013 1:04:23 PM

  18. Wow, Matthew is wonderful.

    Posted by: Adam | Mar 22, 2013 1:05:37 PM

  19. Brought a tear to my eye. This kid is the future, get used to it homophobes.

    Posted by: Toby | Mar 22, 2013 1:09:26 PM

  20. Thanks for the chuckle, Caliban. I needed the laugh today.

    Posted by: Ethan | Mar 22, 2013 1:15:32 PM

  21. That was beautiful. Thank you Matthew!!

    Posted by: Tom | Mar 22, 2013 1:36:05 PM

  22. SIMON: "The was a dad who bought his..."? you might have at least finished in your own language, maybe: "his doter and try to make hur sey marege..."

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 22, 2013 2:02:42 PM

  23. That photo and Matthew's AMAZING testimony shows why we will win in the end...
    The older generation of haters is dying off and the new generation of kids who know us and accept us is rising! Thank you, brought tears to my eyes!

    Posted by: Greg | Mar 22, 2013 2:08:18 PM

  24. There's only one word "WOW".
    This young man is amazing, If only half the kids in this country were raised a well as him, what a wonderful world this would be. Matthew is the very embodiment of love.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Mar 22, 2013 2:26:38 PM

  25. I love how none of those bitter old farts could look him in the eye as he walked past.

    Posted by: Dennis | Mar 22, 2013 2:28:01 PM

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