Sunday, January 18, 2015

A decisive civics lesson in equality

Marriage Equality
Stephanie Brito writes: “About four years ago, I didn’t know that same-sex couples couldn’t marry. I was 12 and assumed that everyone could love each other and marry.

“It wasn’t until I turned 13 and began to realize that The Defense of Marriage Act, put in place before I was born, defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.

“In short, I was confused.

“That year, I came out to my friends and family and was met with mostly support.

“My mother, who didn’t understand that her 13-year-old daughter could be a lesbian, still saw that I needed her acceptance in a world where people like me didn’t have the same rights as people like her.”

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