A North Carolina sixth grade student with two moms who have been together for 26 years wrote all nine Supreme Court justices asking them to support same-sex marriage equality. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only one to write back.
“I watched President Obama’s inauguration speech today and my parents pointed you out to me,” Cameron wrote. “They informed me that although President Obama is leading the fight for my parents to be treated equally, you and the other justices will be making very important decisions in the next few months.”
Cameron notes her parents “took me to New York on their 25th anniversary so that they could be legally married. I was so happy for them.”
They are the best parents a kid could ask for and I love them so much. I would like to see their marriage recognized here in our home state. Please look at our photos and think of us when you make decisions based on gay rights. We are a family. I am very proud of my parents and I hope you understand how your decision will affect my family.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of kids of gay parents, I can tell you that I am doing great. I am so loved. Everyone I know tells me I am such a lucky kid. My parents are my life. They quiz me before tests and make sure that I am doing well in school. I was the top student in my class last year and have made Headmaster’s List every 6 weeks. I play travel soccer and I am currently trying out for the Olympic Development Program which means they dedicate most of their weekends to traveling all over the state so that I can compete against other teams. I also play tennis. A couple of years ago I collected 200 soccer balls and sent them to Liberia for kids who do not have soccer balls. I have many good friends who love my parents. I have never been teased. I think things are going very well. Thank you for your time.
Sonia Sotomayor, whom President Obama nominated to the Supreme Court, has been an associate justice since 2009.
She responded, noting that she “cannot comment on issues that might one day come before the Court,” but urged young Cameron “to continue to think about the many important issue that impact our society.”
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality told The New Civil Rights Movement via an email:
“Cameron is one of our heroes. Through her writing, she’s inspired all of us at the Campaign for Southern Equality and many others to ask the question -what else can I being doing right now to speak out for equality? She and her moms are an amazing family and speak so powerfully about what it means to be a LGBT family in the South right now.”
Hat tip and our thanks to the Campaign for Southern Equality. Image used by permission.
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