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

Friday, March 22, 2013

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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14 more reader comments:

  1. glad he is standing up for his 2 moms and the LGBT communitys

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:31pm
  2. Children of gay and lesbian parents are just as well adjusted and educated as any other child when they are in a loving nurturing home.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:34pm
  3. fabulous job, Matthew! I’m so proud of you for doing this and for speaking your truth. Don’t ever be silenced. GREAT job!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:41pm
  4. this young boy has it right! More people should veiw it from his perspective! Love is Love,,,

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:53pm
  5. I love that little boy… He is so darling <3

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:02pm
  6. Tooooo CUTE. Job well done, ladies, on raising this young gentleman! ❤❤❤

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:24pm
  7. Amazing.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:26pm
  8. Well done young man and kudos to the parents who raised him

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:48pm
  9. Really bright, articulate young man! Gid bless, brother!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:15pm
  10. The world will be a better place because of this little man!:)

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:32pm
  11. If this young man can articulate how love is love why r the adults(esp haters) just never gettin it! Love is love so just give us the legal rites we have earned.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:09pm
  12. wise kid

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:34pm
  13. Good Job!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:39pm
  14. Thank you young man for articulating the essence of being so clearly.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:39pm