12 Year-Old With Two Moms Gives Touching Testimony At Marriage Equality Hearing

Sixth-grader Matthew Lannon testified at the marriage equality hearing in Rhode Island on Thursday, asking the panel, ” Do you believe that my parents are equal to every other straight couple in Rhode Island?”

Matthew, with his two moms, watching and lending him support, was one of the many advocates and opponents of gay marriage to testify before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday evening at the RI State House.

“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”

He knocked it out of the park:

6. Hear Matthew’s Testimony:

We can only hope his words touched these icy hearts:

More on the Rhode Island hearing here.


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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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