Shuck and Jive

Monday, May 18, 2009

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

Did you hear about this? A nine year old boy, Ethan McNamee, started his own rally in support of equal marriage rights. Here is the news story:

And his speech on the courthouse steps:

Here is an article about him in the Denver Post:

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.

"He already had a lot of it figured out," Barton said. "There was no doubt Ethan was going to put together a rally on the steps of the Capitol."

The only question for Ethan was how to get a permit, which he couldn't do himself because he is so young. Instead, it was filed under the name of his teacher, Kyle Kimmal.

Kimmal said Ethan is a very driven kid, but still just like any other third-grader.

"He can do something like this, but he has trouble keeping a backpack together," he said.