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WATCH: 12-year-old addresses Utah rally on the meaning of marriage and family

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hundreds of marriage equality supporters and recently married same-sex couples gathered inside the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday to deliver a petition with over 58,000 signatures calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to let stand the state’s recognition of more than 1,300 same-sex marriages performed in Utah.

Among them was 12-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, whose two moms were able to marry in the window before the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on a lower court ruling striking down the Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

With his younger brother by his side, Riley spoke to the crowd about the meaning of marriage and family, and the two best days of his life:

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25 more reader comments:

  1. ALL PEOPLE, IN EVERY STATE, SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO MARRY. LIKE I SAID BEFORE, NOT JUST IN A FEW STATES, BUT IN ALL THE STATES. IT’S 2014, NOT THE 1800′S AND THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA ARE NOT THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. GOOD FOR THESE LADIES THAT GOT MARRIED, AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WEDDING. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, AND MAY YOU HAVE A VERY LONG AND HAPPY MARRIAGE.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:23pm
  2. WELCOME TO AMERICA: there is no need for EQUALITY, nor the need for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness under the powerful Right Wing Christian Republican Party…because…because…because…they know what is right for all of us…It is a Right Wing Republican Party Governor who believes he knows what is best for Utah…I do not understand why the people of Utah are fighting for individual rights when they have their Governor to protect them…he does not believe WE THE PEOPLE, the Gay Community in America, ought to have any Rights than what his bible tells him is so…WELCOME TO AMERICA…WELCOME TO AMERICA…………vote Hillary to SAVE AMERICA and KEEP AMERICA FREE…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:25pm
  3. I hope your post was tongue and cheek. I think it was.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:38pm
  4. yip

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:23am
  5. had 2 share on Twitter rock on little man the whole world needs 2 hear a child’s view!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:25pm
  6. OMG love those kids!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:26pm
  7. This kid has a future in public service and public speaking!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:38pm
  8. Governor Herbert better watch out this young man will have his job! Equal rights for Utah !!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:15pm
  9. Shows who has the real family values. The solution? Everyone vote straight line Democrat in November, and given the Republicans’ redistricting and various voter suppression tactics, make sure your vote is counted. Second solution? Every gay person in the US who is being denied his/her US Constitutional rights of equality sue, sue, sue, sue.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:44am
  10. :) great kid

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:03am
  11. Amazing.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:25am
  12. Omg how amazing it just goes to show the gender of parents does not determine how well a child will turn out ,children just need 2 people ANY 2 people to love and support them and teach them to be kind loving and open minded .

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:05am
  13. Amazing

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:19am
  14. What a brave young woman!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:44am
  15. Riley ROCKS! He can speak on my behalf ANY DAY!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:37am
  16. He has it right. Family is family no difference when love is involved.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:59am
  17. By this speech, I can see 2 things: children are not affected by social norms, stereotypes and peer pressure when it comes to their parents being gay…..2nd, the performance of children, academically, is strong in gay parent households.(maybe even stronger than straight parental households)

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:21am
  18. The young generation will straighten out the mess left by the angry old white male repubs and conservatives..and religious freaks too.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:29am
  19. He’s adorable!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:03am
  20. And much wiser than many people older than him

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:03am
  21. …great speech by a little girl

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:07am
  22. What an articulate child! Tears.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:52pm
  23. Out of the mouth of babes!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:03pm
  24. Love that kid!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:38pm
  25. I only support gay marriage more than straight marriage.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:48pm