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12-year-old Matthew Lannon to Rhode Island lawmakers: ‘I say, choose love’

Friday, March 22, 2013
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Appearing before a Rhode Island state Senate committee on Thursday evening, 12-year-old Matthew Lannon — a sixth grader with two moms and two dads — testified at hearing in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.

“In many ways my parents are like other couples,” Matthew told the committee.

“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.”

Watch, courtesy the Providence Journal:

More than 600 people testified during the hearing, which lasted until 5 a.m. Friday morning.

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