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Voices of Children Amicus Brief Filed On Four Landmark Marriage Equality Cases

“You don’t think that a simple piece of paper designating your parents as ‘married’ can have a tangible difference on the bond you have with them — but it does. I watched decades of marginalization of my family fall away in the moment that the judge pronounced them as husband and husband.” – Jenny Rain, 44

Today the Family Equality Council filed an amicus brief (Click to Download Brief) with the United States Supreme Court in support of challenges to marriage bans for same-sex couples out of the Sixth Circuit. One Million Kids for Equality is proud to have joined in the collaborative effort to help youth across the country share stories of the effects that marriage has on their families.

“As a child of two dads, it’s such and honor to have a voice in this conversation. Often the Stories of Children of LGBT parents get lost in the shuffle of day to day advocacy, so being able to share our stories and perspectives about the parents we love has been a freeing experience. After four decades of not having a voice, today is an awesome day.” – One Million Kids Board Member Jenny Rain

As noted in Family Equality’s press release, “there are more than 18,000 children being raised by same-sex parents in the sixth circuit. The amicus brief, authored by pro bono counsel at Bryan Cave LLP, highlights the voices of children and young adults raised by same-sex couples. It asks the Court to consider the unique perspectives of children for whom the unavailability of marriage for their parents affects their legal standing and self-esteem. The youth at the heart of this brief assert that their parents are no less deserving of marital protections and privileges than families with different-sex parents.” “Additionally, the brief includes the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who themselves may be the next generation of LGBT parents.”

“One Million Kids for Equality’s mission is to engage, educate and give youth a voice around equality. That being said, I cannot think of a better way to give youth a voice, than our partnership with the Family Equality Council to get the stories of youth in front of the Supreme Court. This is an amazing opportunity to change the lives of millions of children, parents, and families across this nation, and one we are proud to have been a part of.” –One Million Kids President Brad Delaney