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Gay Marriage: 5 Quotes From Children About Family Life With Same-Sex Parents

By    |   Tuesday, 07 July 2015 08:20 PM

As legal challenges to bans on same-sex marriage and adoption have multiplied, children raised by same-sex parents are speaking out about their experiences of family life. Here are five quotes from children of gay marriage on what it's like to grow up with parents who don't identify as heterosexual.

1. "You can imagine what my parents thought when I was 13 and listening to Rush Limbaugh every day. But my family had strong family values. I was raised in a loving, caring household that let me be a free thinker."
— Jesse Levey, a management consultant and self-identified Republican activist who is the only child of a lesbian couple who conceived him through artificial insemination, interview by CNN in 2009.

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2. "Our family really isn't so different from any other Iowa family. When I'm home we go to church together. We eat dinner. We go on vacations. But we have our hard times, too. … The sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us. That's what makes a family."
— Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa Student and sixth-generation Iowan who was conceived through artificial insemination and raised by two women, addressing the Iowa House of Representatives in 2011 during a debate over a measure to end civil unions in the state.

3. "I grew up surrounded by women who said they didn't need or want a man. Yet, as a little girl, I so desperately wanted a daddy. It is a strange and confusing thing to walk around with this deep-down unquenchable ache for a father, for a man, in a community that says that men are unnecessary."
— Heather Barwick, who was born into a traditional household with biological parents but raised by her mother and her mother's same-sex partner in the 1980s and 1990s, writing in The Federalist in March 2015.

4. "I was lucky to be adopted by two guys I can both call 'Dad.' They give me and my sister so much love."
— Daniel Martinez-Leffew, 12, a Goldenhar Syndrome sufferer who was adopted by a male couple in California at age 5, in a 2014 letter he wrote to Supreme Court Justice John Roberts asking him to support marriage equality, according to The Huffington Post.

5. "In middle school, because of pervasive homophobia and taunting, I didn't tell any of my new friends in school about my family to the point where I wouldn't invite them to my birthday parties. … Although I would normally turn to my family, I couldn't because I was ashamed that I was ashamed of them."
— Danielle Silber, 26, a fundraising professional who was raised by both lesbian mothers and gay fathers in suburban Washington, D.C., talking to CNN in 2009.

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