Madison’s Testimony (video): A daughter eloquently expresses the meaning of marriage equality
July 21, 2010,
By Eden James
On Tuesday, Garden State Equality responded by organizing an overflowing town hall in Trenton, New Jersey, that attracted 158 people, according to Courage staffer Arisha Michelle Hatch’s hand-count (versus the 48 who showed up for the NOM rally).
The GSE town hall was quite moving, featuring same-sex couples and their children expressing what being denied marriage equality means to them personally.
Here is one touching moment that moved me to tears, quite frankly. We just got the video up last night:
If I were the this daughter’s father, I would be the proudest person in the world.
Here is the full transcript of Madison Galluccio’s testimony:
My name is Madison Galluccio and I am the daughter of Jonathan and Michael. Or daddy and father.
Being the daughter of these two amazing men is the most amazing thing in the world. Without them I don’t know where I would be.
This is my family and I don’t understand why some people think that it’s wrong or that it’s bad because we’re a loving family and we love each other and I don’t understand what could possibly be wrong with that.
God made us all in our own unique ways. And if God made my parents gay then that’s just the way they are — and there’s nothing wrong with that. I am proud to be the daughter of my parents. They fought to adopt my brother Adam, my sister Rosa, and me. And I will never stop fighting for their rights or for any other gay family’s rights until they get the ability to be legally married and the respect that they deserve.
You may have heard of Madison’s parents – Jon and Michael. They were the lead plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit to adopt their HIV-positive infant foster son, Adam (now grown) against the state of New Jersey. The outcome of the case ended up allowing gay couples to adopt children jointly, making New Jersey the first state in the nation to allow gay couples the same adoption rights as married couples.
Watch this video of the Galluccio family story, dating back to 1997 when their children were much younger:
If you have a reaction to Madison’s testimony or the experiences of the Galluccio family in being on the front lines of the battle over adoption rights and marriage equality, share it in the comments and share this post with your friends and loved ones.
UPDATE: Watch this video — a really good summary of the day, including Madison. “Lesbians Love Boies” just posted it in the comments. Thanks LLB!