Sunday, May 17, 2009

Third Grader Organizes Marriage Equality Rally in Denver

From Denver Post:
Nine-year-old Ethan McNamee sat by himself Saturday afternoon on the west steps of the Capitol with his hands folded across one knee. He took in the sun, as well as the cheers from several hundred people gathered below.

This was his rally. He had been putting it together since January, reaching out and talking to "millions of political people." Now it was his turn to address the crowd.

Wearing a white collared shirt and blue jeans, Ethan stood and delivered his message supporting gay marriage.

"I believe I am doing the right thing," Ethan said. "I hope this rally will make an impact and let our voices be heard."

After his speech, Ethan, a third-grader from Montclair Elementary School, hopped onto a nearby stone railing to meet some of his supporters. Many of them came holding signs and waving rainbow flags.


The idea first came to Ethan thanks to his neighbors, a lesbian couple he described as "the nicest people in the world." He didn't think it was right they aren't allowed to get married.

From there, Ethan resolved to support gay couples. He approached Mindy Barton, legal director for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado, to gain support.


Those who stood below with their partners were impressed with what Ethan was able to accomplish, believing the message resonates more clearly coming from a child.

"Him stating this might make people see it more," said Sarah Levin, 33. "His impression seems more genuine."

Those from the other side of the argument were also impressed with Ethan's efforts, including state Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield.

"You have to admire his compassion and initiative," Mitchell said. "I'd like to think that someday he'll understand the issue is a little more complicated."
This story sure makes me emotional. Not only because a third grader is able to see through all the crap that we adults lay on top of the truth, but because it's a sign of the future.

Imagine what powerful accomplishments this kid will be able to pull off the older he gets. Scratch that. Imagine what powerful accomplishments this kid will continue to pull off, adding more as he gets older.

We all could take a few cues from him.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing. Brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing. :)