WASHINGTON - A Bowie girl told Maryland legislators Tuesday all she wants for her birthday is for them to vote "no" on gay marriage.
While reading from a written statement, the home-schooled 14-year-old from Bowie told Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee she feels badly for children who have two parents of the same gender, and fears a world where a legislature or court can change the definiton of any word, such as "marriage" in this case.
The video first appeared on the gay rights advocacy site ThinkProgress.org/lgbt.
"Even though some kids think it's fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on," she said.
"I don't want more kids to get confused about what's right and okay," said the girl. "I really don't want to grow up in a world where marriage isn't such a special thing anymore."
Check out the audio of her appearance here: