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12-Year-Old Gives Epic Emotional Rally Speech About Seeing His Moms Marry in Utah: VIDEO


Yesterday there was a marriage equality rally at Utah's capitol in Salt Lake City attended by 1,800 people. A petition containing 58,000 pro-equality signatures was delivered to Governor Herbert's office.

But the highlight of the rally may have been Riley Hackford-Peer, a 12-year-old whose moms were able to marry in the window before the Supreme Court put a stay on a lower court ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Riley delivered an emotional, epic speech with his little brother at his side.


Said Hackford-Peer:

"Sometimes I felt really scared that my moms weren't married. I imagined being taken away by one of my moms. At school we talked about things we hoped to see during our lifetime. I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened! I saw my moms get married - in Utah! It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart....But Governor Herbert wants to treat my moms unfairly. He says he wants to protect families. But I want to tell him that my family deserves protection too! I have two moms. And I love them. And they deserve to have their marriage recognized everywhere"

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    Watch this vid...."Two Fathers".
    And here is a young Dutch kid singing exactly the same fears and uncertainties.
    How crass and cruel of the Gov. of Utah to pursue this futile Appeal.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 11, 2014 11:41:28 AM

  2. Overuse of word 'epic' #1,000,000,000,000!

    Posted by: EPIC! | Jan 11, 2014 11:42:00 AM

  3. What a haircape.

    Posted by: JMC | Jan 11, 2014 12:25:33 PM

  4. Uh-Mayzing Kid(s). It's clear they were raised with much love. Look at the warmth with which he treats his brother. Beautiful.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 11, 2014 1:01:31 PM


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 11, 2014 1:44:26 PM

  6. He's misquoted in your post. He clearly says he "imagined being taken away FROM" one of his moms in the video, not that BY one of this moms.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 11, 2014 3:31:24 PM

  7. If the information I learned is accurate and remember correctly, it was a few instances like this which turned the tides in favor of marriage equality in Quebec.

    Posted by: Tundra4 | Jan 11, 2014 4:55:13 PM

  8. The EPIC question still remains: Protecting families --FROM WHAT?

    Posted by: castaway | Jan 11, 2014 7:47:31 PM

  9. Ha! I have a drawing that this cool kid made for me at a rally about five years ago. They're a great family!

    I'll hang on to it until he's President of the United States! :)

    Posted by: J | Jan 11, 2014 8:38:05 PM

  10. @ JMC "haircape" LOL

    Posted by: rascal | Jan 12, 2014 8:10:22 AM

  11. This was so beautiful and touching

    Posted by: Jordan | Jan 12, 2014 9:41:19 AM

  12. Wow, I moved to tears. If this young child can speak so impassioned about LGBT rights then there's no excuse for every single one of us to not do the same, with the same passion.

    Posted by: Luke | Jan 12, 2014 9:42:24 AM

  13. Gay couples raise such phenomenal, smart, poised kids.

    Posted by: Two Dads | Jan 12, 2014 9:44:55 AM

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