At a hearing on legalizing same-sex marriage, opponents of the change have an 11-year-old girl testify and infer that same-sex marriage would take away her mom.
My name is Grace Evans and I want to thank you for letting me speak today.
Even though I am only 11-years-old, I know that everyone deserves to have a mom and dad. If you change the law that says two moms or two dads to get married it would take away something very important for children like me across the state. My mom is very important to me because she teaches me about things about being a girl. She is kind, thoughtful, gentle and beautiful. She cares for me and others and listens to the things I want to talk about. I am learning from her to be a good woman, wife and mother someday. Even though I learned some of these things from my dad, my mom teaches them in a very special way. Without my mom it would be very hard for me to learn them. She's my role model in how to be a girl and I love her very much. My dad is also very important to me because he protects me and helps me get the confidence to be a girl who is growing up to be a woman. He takes care of problems the way my mom cannot. Just like my mom wouldn't be able to be the woman she is without my dad, I wouldn't be able to be the woman I want to be without my dad. Because he is strong, wise and different than my mom. I learned things from him that I would not in the same way from my mom.
Since every child needs a mom and a dad to be born, I don't think we can change that children need a mom and a dad. I believe God made it that way. I know some disagree. But I want to ask you this question: which parent do I not need? My mom or my dad?
I'll ask again. Which parent do I not need? My mom or my dad?
I hope that you can see that every child needs a mom and a dad. Please don't change our law and marriage to say otherwise. Thank you for letting me speak today.