In Maryland, USA, where a same-sex marriage bill is currently being debated, a 14-year-old girl, identified as Sarah, made her plea against it.
The home-schooled teenager, speaking on her birthday, told Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee that it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.”
In the video recorded at the debate, Sarah can be heard to say “I really feel bad for kids who have two parents of the same gender… I don’t want any more kids to get confused about what’s right and OK… People have the choice to be gay, but I don’t want to be affected by their choice.”
A same-sex marriage bill narrowly made it through the Senate last year but was blocked at the last minute in the House of Delegates. However a poll by the Washington Post published on Tuesday showed that 50 percent of Maryland residents support legalization of gay marriage.
Gov. Martin O’Malley who was also present at the same debate told the Senate “The very reason for our state’s founding was for religious freedom. At the heart of religious freedom is respect for the freedom of individual conscience.” “The way forward, the way to sustain and enhance our common life together, is equal respect for the freedom of all,” he said in unusually personal testimony.