Sarah Crank, Home-Schooled Maryland 14-Year-Old, Wants Senate to Vote “No” on Gay Marriage for her Birthday Present
A Maryland teenager has a shocking birthday wish for the state senate as it debates whether or not to grant equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians.
According to Towelroad, 14-year-old Sarah Crank (photos here and here) testified before Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee that it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.”
“Today is my 14th birthday and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote NO on gay marriage. I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don’t want more kids to get confused about what’s right and okay. I really don’t want to grow up in a world where marriage isn’t such a special thing anymore.”
It seems as if it is Crank who is confused, as thousands, if not tens of thousands, of children of same-sex parents lead perfectly normal lives across America. What “wonderful experiences” are these families missing out on? And why would granting loving same-sex couples marriage equality diminish the “specialness” of the institution? Is marriage less special now that people can marry who they love, not who makes the most economic sense, as was the case until quite recently in human history? No, it is more special. Is it any less special now that people of different races can marry? Of course not. So why would it be any less special if gays and lesbians can do it? On the contrary, marriage will be more special when all who love can marry who they please, for the institution is sullied by the unconscionable denial of rights.
Crank, who is home-schooled, displayed a shocking ignorance of sexual identity issues when she continued her testimony:
“It’s rather scary to think that when I grow up the legislature or the court can change the definition of any word they want. If they could change the definition of marriage then they could change the definition of any word. People have the choice to be gay, but I don’t want to be affected by their choice. People say that they were born that way, but I’ve met really nice adults who did change.”
Earth to Sarah Crank: gays and lesbians have about as much choice in the matter as you had about whether to be born a girl or a boy. In other words, none.
We can only hope that Ms. Crank’s ignorance is born from innocence regarding the very grown-up subject of human sexuality and sexual identity and not from indoctrinated bigotry. If you’re reading this, Sarah, I would strongly urge you to ask yourself why you would deny to others the rights you take for granted. Denying gays and lesbians the right to marry who they love is utterly unconscionable in this day and age, and whether you realize it or not, you’re on the wrong side of history on this, the most pressing civil rights issue of our time.
Here is audio of Ms. Crank’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee testimony:
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