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Supreme Court justice answers girl's gay marriage letter
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Supreme Court justice answers girl's gay marriage letter




A Supreme Court justice has responded to an 11-year-old Wilson girl’s heartfelt appeal for federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor sent Cameron Myers Milne a letter and signed portrait after Cameron asked the high court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and require North Carolina to recognize her lesbian parents’ New York marriage.

"I was inspired by my parents to make an effort and do something,” said Cameron, a sixth-grader at the private Greenfield School. "I really was surprised. I hadn’t expected someone so high up to respond to a letter like that.”

Cameron decided to write to President Barack Obama and all nine Supreme Court justices after watching Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration with her parents, Sheila Milne and Susan Myers.

"I saw them during the inauguration and I thought, ‘What if they decide against gay marriage?’” Cameron said. "I thought I would rather not let that happen without me knowing that I tried to affect their decision.”

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two same-sex marriage cases later this month. The first is a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents states from having to recognize out-of-state same-sex unions. The second, Hollingsworth v. Perry, is a challenge to California’s gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8.

Cameron sent each justice a three-paragraph letter extolling her parents’ love for her and commitment to each other. She attended their wedding in New York last year and wants their marriage to be recognized in her home state.

"Please look at our photos and think of us when you make decisions based on gay rights,” she wrote. "We are a family. I am very proud of my parents and I hope you understand how your decision will affect my family.”

Cameron’s letter rejected the premise that straight couples make better parents than same-sex partners. She offered her own upbringing as an example.

"If you have any concerns about the welfare of kids of gay parents, I can tell you that I am doing great,” she wrote. "I am so loved. Everyone I know tells me I am such a lucky kid. My parents are my life. They quiz me before tests and make sure that I am doing well in school.”

Her parents were supportive of the letter-writing campaign, but Cameron stressed that they didn’t suggest or prompt her advocacy.

"I’m not going to stop her if she wants to say something about her family,” Myers said. "I’m not going to push it, but we’re definitely not going to stop her.”

Cameron said being an advocate for gay rights is an important part of her life. She accompanied her parents to a Campaign for Southern Equality march from Arlington, Va., where same-sex marriages aren’t legally recognized, to Washington, where gay couples have the same rights as their straight counterparts.

"We stood on one side of the bridge and she understood that we were not recognized as a married couple there, but on the other side of the bridge, we were recognized,” Myers said.

North Carolina voters last May approved an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Twenty-eight states have constitutional amendments that prohibit gay marriage, civil unions or both. Same-sex marriage is recognized in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Milne and Myers applied for a marriage license at the Wilson County Register of Deeds office on Jan. 14 as part of a national protest movement. The Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality held rallies across the Southeast.

Cameron didn’t expect replies from the Supreme Court justices, but one day as she returned home from soccer practice, she discovered a manila envelope with a Washington postmark.

"We screamed,” Cameron said. "It was thrilling.”

Inside the envelope was a letter and autographed portrait of Sotomayor, who was appointed to the high court in 2009. She is the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor wrote that she couldn’t comment on issues that might come before the court, so she didn’t divulge her views on same-sex marriage. She thanked Cameron for sharing her story and encouraged her to follow her dreams.

"I know dreams can come true when you work hard to achieve them,” Sotomayor wrote. "I wish you the joy of dreaming big, working hard and succeeding in all that you do.”

The Campaign for Southern Equality posted Cameron’s letter and Sotomayor’s response on its website, and the exposure earned Cameron another honor — an invitation to attend the White House Easter egg roll on April 1.

Myers said a White House liaison for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues contacted her family after reading about Cameron’s letter to Sotomayor.

Since she’s already corresponding with Supreme Court justices, Cameron’s parents mused that she might be well-suited to a career in law.

"She’s good at arguing,” Milne quipped. "We do joke that she would make a good lawyer.”

But Cameron, who remains on the headmaster’s list at Greenfield, said she isn’t sure what career she’ll pursue when she grows up.

"I don’t know what to decide right now,” she said. "I have many years ahead to really think that through.”

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Lullabye for Cameron said...

Well, really, this lullabye is for every child. You can hear a recording of "Everything Possible" on youtube. I first heard it sung by a group called "The Flirtations". Some people print the lyrics, frame them & give it as a baby gift. "Everything Possible" is by Fred Small. CDs are available on ebay. The lyrics are (following the intro) -
"You can be anybody that you want to be,
You can love whomever you will,
You can travel any country where your heart leads,
And know I will love you still.
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,
You can choose one special one,
And the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you're gone.
Some girls grow up strong and bold,
Some boys are quiet and kind,
Some race on ahead, some follow behind,
Some grow in their own space and time.
Some women love women, and some men love men,
Some raise children, and some never do.
You can dream all the day, never reaching the end
of everything possible for you;
Don't be rattled by names, by taunts or games,
but seek out spirits true
If you give your friends the best part of yourself,
They will give the same back to you.
You can be anybody that you want to be,
You can love whomever you will,
You can travel any country where your heart leads,
And know I will love you still.
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,
You can choose one special one,
And the only measure of your words and your deeds,
Will be the love you leave behind when you're gone.
Blessings, Cameron and to your moms!


Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:17 AM
Sing on said...

Dear Cameron,
You remind me of a beautiful song by Holly Near. I first learned it when singing with a group of lgbt folks and allies, calling for affirmation and full inclusion during the General Assembly of my denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), way back in 1989. There are several youtube recordings of it. Google Muscone Milk Memorial 2008 for its history & to hear it. Goes like this (sing along, folks),
"We are a gentle, angry people...and we are singing, singing for our lives (repeat)...
"We are gay and lesbian people, and we are singing, singing for our lives (repeat)
We are a gentle, loving people, and we are singing, singing for our lives (repeat)...
We are gay and straight together, and we are singing, singing for our lives (repeat)...
We are all in this together, and we are singing, singing in our lives (repeat)...
We are a justice-seeking people, and we are singing, singing for our lives...(repeat)..


Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:36 AM
Student of History said...

Huh? What did I say that makes you think I went to a Bible College?
I still think all this has devolved into foolishness and wish the WDT would save these folks for further embarrassment.

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Closets are 4 clothes said...

Has anyone noticed how conservative parents are suggesting they want their children in private, Christian schools? It's a little bit like admitting they're having to think about being closeted, as their opinion on lgbt equality is now a minority opinion. Eventually, they know their children may be ridiculed, laughed at, bullied for anti-gay attitudes. Private Christian schools, conservative churches, and tight little families will be their closets...the place where they feel safe. Of course, lgbt babies are born everyday to straight parents, but don't tell them that. (I had a good friend who happened to be gay and a graduate of Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA...said he knew other gay students there as well. Ah, we're everywhere).

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM
said...

Wow there are a lot of people hatten on proud parents
why? just asking

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM
@ Proud Parents said...

Google "Anderson Cooper interviews Stacey Pritchard" so that you will see what your child will look like if she gets interviewed. First question by Channel 11 News is: How does a gay marriage affect you or your parents? I would love to see her try to pull it off because to my knowledge no one has ever been able to answer this question. 2nd question: How does gay marriage hurt traditional marriage? 3rd interview question: If someone does not believe in the same things that you believe in, should they be denied full federal equality?

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM said...

I believe all ministers, reverends, priests, etc...should have to pass a national board exam like doctors, lawyers, nurses and other professionals. My neighbor's church leader has a 7th grade education. This would help stop the brainwashing and teaching people to take the bible literally. If you want to see what I am talking about just Google Anderson Cooper interviews Stacey Pritchard. The funniest and saddest interview I have ever seen. "Like I said"...kills me everytime I watch it.

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM @ Student of History said...

As a student of history, you should already be aware that even if it is not this year, gay people will have equality in the near future. That is unless your history degree is from an unaccredited bible college. The struggle for gay marriage has clear parallels to the former interracial marriage ban that was once in place in America. Groups supporting interracial marriage ban talked about the divine law regarding marriage and the immorality and unnatural unions of interracial marriage.
Forty American states, including Massachusetts, once prohibited interracial marriage. Massachusetts banned interracial marriage around 1705, removing the ban in 1843 after a three year debate in government. In 1948, the California Supreme Court was the first state supreme court to declare a ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional. The decision was controversial, with the judgment stating that banning races from intermarrying was an offence against human worth and dignity. At that time, 38 states still forbade interracial marriage. The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The struggle for interracial marriage was won on an argument for civil rights, one very similar to arguments used by those striving for a same sex wedding.


Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM Word said...

It is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples. They can't do any worse that straight couples with the divorce rate at such a high rate. I have a thought. If your argument is to protect the traditional family, then perhaps all marriage should be banned. Over half of the marriages end in divorce and the children end up being raised by a single parent.

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM Fact vs Belief said...

Marriage provides both physical and psychological health benefits and recent research suggests that refusing to allow same-sex couples to marry has resulted in harmful psychological effects. The American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and others wrote in a Sep. 2007 amicus brief, "...allowing same-sex couples to marry would give them access to the social support that already facilitates and strengthens heterosexual marriages, with all of the psychological and physical health benefits associated with that support

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM @ Proud parents said...

Please tell your 16 year old daughter that Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008. Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. Alaska, the first state to alter its constitution to prohibit gay marriage in 1998, saw a 17.2% increase in its divorce rate. The seven states with the highest divorce rates between 2003 and 2008 all had constitutional prohibitions to gay marriage. You might need to do some anticipatory guidance so that "your" brainwashed daughter will know how to deal with change and also being a minority on this issue. I worry that she might just have a breakdown when gays get to sign a contract of marriage. This is going to be devastating to her. What will this poor child do when she sees loving couples that have been committed for probably longer than dear ole mom and dad signing a legal contract to protect their families. I really hope she writes a letter and I hope WDT gets wind of the letter so that it can get national attention. I am dying to see her legal argument of how it hurts your marriage. Can you tell me how a gay marriage contract hurts your marriage?

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM Fact vs Belief said...

The struggle for gay marriage has clear parallels to the former interracial marriage ban that was once in place in America. Groups supporting interracial marriage ban talked about the divine law regarding marriage and the immorality and unnatural unions of interracial marriage.
Forty American states, including Massachusetts, once prohibited interracial marriage. Massachusetts banned interracial marriage around 1705, removing the ban in 1843 after a three year debate in government. In 1948, the California Supreme Court was the first state supreme court to declare a ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional. The decision was controversial, with the judgment stating that banning races from intermarrying was an offence against human worth and dignity. At that time, 38 states still forbade interracial marriage. The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The struggle for interracial marriage was won on an argument for civil rights, one very similar to arguments used by those striving for a same sex wedding.


Friday, March 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM Do you like the company? said...

The oddest thing is the homophobic guys that keep coming back to this week old article just to comment. What do you fear? At the base of hate is fear. Isn't your wife tired of you spending countless hours debating this issue with gays and supporters of the gays. Your wife is going to start wondering after a while. Liberals are fun so I understand the need to keep coming back for more.

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM to Hey WDT said...

For the most part, I've appreciated this discussion. Every day, there's another news event concerning marriage equality (today it was a poll; in days past, it's been state legislatures and court cases dealing with these issues). People have brought these related stories to our attention during this discussion. It has been an opportunity to educate and enlighten, no matter what side one comes down on. If you believe there's been enough discussion, move on over the gun control conversation....where once again, the Matt Dillon and how the west was won is is being re-hashed.

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM said...

No! Don't shut us down! Where will we go???

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM @Student of History said...

Maybe the WDT should shut you down. When you have something more intelligent to say, let us know.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM Hey WDT said...

Daily Times are you there? I agree with Student of History. This thread has weaved far enough. Please shut this down.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM to @to to call me said...

You don't want my sexuality near your child in school? Are you afraid it will rub off on your impressionable child? That's not how it works, but what would you know? BTW, I personally know folks that graduated from Falwell's Liberty U who happened to be gay. But again, sexuality is not something that rubs off on anyone...if it did, we'd all be heterosexual. Duh...

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM To The Truth said...

So having an opinion is hate. If someone does not exude support for gay marriage then its hat? If someone writes a letter in opposition of it then thats hate? That is the problem with progressive....I have to say the conservatives do have to getused to it because you all have mstered preying on the weak minded and uninformed and suck them in with misinformation and fear mongering. So to that regard, good job, I guess.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM The Truth said...

Hey, "Proud parents"... your hate is showing.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM @ Great said...

That is the beauty of America. You have a choices. GF is our choice and it is worth every dime more we pay than the other private schools. You can not put a price on such an education. Your repeated post about GF sounds like sour grapes. Did your child not meet the high academic standards or does your monthly check fall a bit short? Did you happen see the story below about the incident at CC. A CC father that was dropping off his child gave the middle finger to a mother and her young child as she was dropping off her child at CC the day after the 2012 elections. He did this just because she had an Obama sticker on her car. Go Knights! You are also very shallow minded to thing that everyone at GF agrees with gay marriage. I am sure there are some that do not and it is their right to believe what they believe. However, they treat that young lady well and don't force their beliefs on others. If you don't like gay marriage, we then don't get gay married. Simple as that!

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM To @To to Call Me said...

I do not want your sexuality anywhere need my child in school. That topic should remain outside of school and any viewpoint regarding that should not be addressed. I guess we need to run out and outlaw talking about people since someone talked about you. That is just horrible. That should be the next move. Our next move needs to push for it to be unconstitutional to talk about someone. Again you are confusing someone with an opinion and or a private organizations beliefs with harassment. I guess anytime someone talks about me now I can run out and say I have been harassed. Amazingly thin skin. It's called life.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM @ Proud parents said...

I think that is a wonderful idea. I hope to read about it real soon. I would love to hear her arguments about how a gay person's marriage hurts her family. Have you asked her this question or are you assuming that "your brainwashing" is effective. What else is she going to think being raised by people shall I say that are biased against gay people. I am still waiting for a response to that question about how a gay person's marriage will hurt her family. The "Troll" aka Anton S. on the SCOTUS might actually respond to her, however, unlike Sotomayor, he does not know that he should not comment on issues that might come before the court. Please, by all means go ahead and write because these are people of the law and unless you have a real good excuse for denying same-gender couples a contract to protect their families, I am afraid your child will be standing on the wrong side of history. Please remind her that the SCOTUS will base their decision on the constitution and not religion. This might help her in developing her argument. Good luck to you.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 3:46 PM said...

US Catholics support gay marriage by a larger margin than ordinary Americans despite Church teachings that forbid it, a new poll out Friday has found. The Quinnipiac University poll found 54 percent of Catholics support same-sex marriage while just 38 percent are opposed, compared to a 47-43 percent margin among all American voters. Both margins represent a reversal from the 36-55 percent opposition among all voters the group found as recently as July 2008."Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the polling institute.US Catholics are more ambivalent when its comes to the Church, with 52 percent saying it is moving in the right direction, while the same percentage says Church leaders are out of touch with their views. Fifty-five percent said the next pope should move the Church in a new direction, while 38 percent said he should maintain the Church as it is."

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM Student of History said...

Oh great - now we are going to flood the US Supreme Court with letters from Wilson County kids on social policy. Heaven help us.
To WDT: please, please, please shut this foolishness down.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM to Proud Parents said...

I'm glad your 16 year old daughter wants to confront issues facing our society. You should indeed be proud of her. While I disagree with your daughter's position, I absolutely am delighted when young people refuse to be apathetic and get involved. if your daughter wants to participate in the processes that govern this great nation, I applaud her doing so. Her position, however, is one of exclusion...intending to deny a class of citizens their full citizenship rights. BTW, you might want to share some information with your daughter that was reported yesterday by LifeWay Polling, an affiliated group with the right-wing Southern Baptist Church. Their poll indicates a majority of Americans supports marriage equality and understands equality for lgbt people to be a civil rights issue. The poll also found that women, young people, and people with college degrees are more likely to support lgbt equality. I'm thanking the Southern Baptists for their Lifeway Polling!

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM To Proud Parents said...

I'm calling your bluff. I don't believe you have a 16 year old daughter who is going to do this. If so, what's her full name and what school does she go to? It's only fair since you are taking a page from an 11 year old girl who put herself out there for her parents.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM To Proud Parents said...

In class we talk about character building and I brought this article in as an example of what someone who is so young can do and why it speaks to the persons character. Mind you, we were not having a conversation about same sex marriage but one of character. As you can imagine there are different opinions on same sex marriage in any group (even in college). While we had people in favor of same sex marriage and people opposed what was important was everyone understood the courage and bravery of someone as young as 11 had in order to write this letter and share it with the world. Everyone understood that while they may not agree with gay marriage, if it was allowed in our home state it would not hurt them. And just as important we all understood that to stand up and voice an opposing view from what is all around you takes character. So you see, it's all about character and I hope you and your "16 year old daughter" realize how mean you actually are. Good luck with your "letter." I can assure you I do not support you or your family.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM to Great said...

As a teacher, I consistently observed students who were performing below grade-level when they transferred back into public schools. I also know a public school teacher whose children attended "those other private schools" through high school. She was eventually quite bitter and regretted her decision to enroll them in "those other private schools". Her chldren went on to college and needed lots of remedial work before they could succeed. Greenfield doesn't have that issue.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM To Proud parents said...

Sad that a 16 year old is stealing an 11 yeard old's idea. I'd love to know if your daughter gets a response from any of the Justices. Also, not surprised by the hate that is intended by your post. This hate is why what the 11 year old girl did was so remarkable. It's because of people like you who find it easy to hate and spread hate. You and your family are in my prayers.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM to Stepping Up NC said...

Unfortunately, the Buncombe County folks may find a push-back from those who support the amendment to the NC constitution passed last year, which does not allow government in NC to recognize domestic partnerships (marriage between a man & woman is the only recognized relationship). Of course, they could pass this policy, it could then be contested by a conservative (giving the state attorney's office some work to do), it (Buncombe County' policy) could be struck down as unconstitutional, and Buncombe County could then challenge Amendment One as unconstitutional. Hope that scenario goes forward.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM Proud parents said...

This story has inspired our daughter also who is 16yrs old. Except she will be writing the exact opposite type of letter and asking for the court to rule in the opposite direction. Thanks for the idea.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM Great said...

Thank God for the other private schools in Wilson.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM said...

Can not wait for the court to rule on this so we can move on

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM Fact vs Belief said...

Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008. Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. Alaska, the first state to alter its constitution to prohibit gay marriage in 1998, saw a 17.2% increase in its divorce rate. The seven states with the highest divorce rates between 2003 and 2008 all had constitutional prohibitions to gay marriage.
This one is just too good not to post over and over as it definitely proves the "gay marriage will hurt traditional marriage" theory is not founded on any evidence at all. To this day, not one straight married couple in a state where gay marriage is legal has been able to cite how their marriage has suffered. Where are the suffering straight marriages due to gay marriage? 20% of the states now have legal gay marriage and the number is rising at record pace with Illinois, Rhode Island and Minnesota on the verge of making gay marriage legal.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM Fact vs Belief said...

The struggle for gay marriage has clear parallels to the former interracial marriage ban that was once in place in America. Groups supporting interracial marriage ban talked about the divine law regarding marriage and the immorality and unnatural unions of interracial marriage.
Forty American states, including Massachusetts, once prohibited interracial marriage. Massachusetts banned interracial marriage around 1705, removing the ban in 1843 after a three year debate in government. In 1948, the California Supreme Court was the first state supreme court to declare a ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional. The decision was controversial, with the judgment stating that banning races from intermarrying was an offence against human worth and dignity. At that time, 38 states still forbade interracial marriage. The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The remaining bans were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The struggle for interracial marriage was won on an argument for civil rights, one very similar to arguments used by those striving for a same sex wedding.


Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:33 AM to To Call Me said...

On the subject of harassment by Christians in Wilson toward lgbt folks & allies: As a Wilsonian who has consistently advocated for lgbt equality for the past 25 years, I have received anonymous mail telling me I would burn in hell. I have had a colleague in the school system call for my firing when I spoke up at a staff meeting (she claimed, as a Christian, that I was advocatiang immorality). When I spoke up at a school-system wide meeting on diversity that left lgbt people out of the discussion, the participants burst into laughter. When I spoke up in my church about a young person who was forced out of his home after coming out to his parents, the church elders met and assigned one among them to visit me and tell me I was not allowed to say "gay" in the church (and this was not a conservative-leaning church). I had a pastor ask me to, "in the future, please invite my friends to other churches because we needed to think about our church's reputation" (my friend was a closeted gay man with HIV/AIDS). A friend of mine was in a quilting club and shared with me how a woman in the club used her Christian faith to openly denounced me for being supportive gay people (I wasn't there...this was malicious gossip that this "Christian" woman was sharing). When a portion of the NAMES Memorial Quilt was displayed at Westview Christian Church several years ago, a minister in another church said he would not publicize it in his congregation if there was any information about gay people present. When I began speaking up for equality, I was removed from serving on regional committees of my denomination - by its leadership living here in Wilson. I personally know people who live in Wilson who were banned from returning to their church because the leadership "heard" they were gay. There's no shortage of "Christians" who want to shame lgbt people and our allies into silence. Go back and review the cries of "Shame, shame" among the comments on this article. Those words are meant to intimidate and establish a climate of fear among lgbt folks and allies. I am a follower of Jesus and I attend church outside of Wilson.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM said...

Way to go Cameron. We're proud of you!

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM Awesome said...

I was soooo inspired by this article! I hope my son will possess half of your daughters heart!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM NC stepping up said...

A key committee is recommending that Buncombe County extend employee benefits to both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners.The Buncombe County Diversity and Inclusion Committee will present its recommendation to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners March 19. The committee wants the county to offer the same health and leave benefits to domestic partners as are currently offered to the families of county employees who are married.
According to the committee's report, the recommendation aims to help ensure "a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment for all people under all circumstances." The report maintains that the policy change will help the county attract and retain the best employees.The report recommends defining a domestic partnership "as a committed relationship between two individuals of the same or opposite sex who are legally competent and at least eighteen (18) years of age, who live together in a long term relationship of indefinite duration, who are not legally married to each other or to anyone else, or in the case of same sex couples, are legally prohibited from marrying each other in the State of North Carolina or have an out of state marriage not recognized by the State of North Carolina, and are jointly responsible for each other’s common welfare and financial obligations."
The report further defines domestic partners as couples who share the same primary residence for at least 12 consecutive months.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM Fact vs Belief said...

CONGRATULATIONS Minnesota - it's a yes to gay marriage and off to the Senate with you now.
CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO Colorado as Colorado will become the 18th state to offer relationship recognition to same-sex couples after the House of Representatives gave its final approval to a bill that will establish civil unions there.Two Republicans, state Reps. Cheri Gerou, Carole Murray, voted with all 37 Democrats for the bill.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM Fact vs Belief said...

Marriage in the US is a secular and dynamic institution that has gone under several major transformations. Interracial marriage was illegal in many US states until a 1967 Supreme Court decision. Coverture, where a woman's legal rights and economic identity were subsumed by her husband upon marriage, was commonplace in 19th century America. No-fault divorce has changed the institution of marriage since its introduction in California on Jan. 1, 1970. Nancy Cott, PhD, testified in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that "civil law has always been supreme in defining and regulating marriage” and that religious leaders are accustomed to performing marriages only because the state has given them that authority.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM To Call Me said...

I don't think you can point to one instance where someone has been harassed on the basis you are claiming. I challenge you to cite one instance of that. No one has come out and harrassed anyone on that basis. If stating an opinion on a forum such as this is harassment, then your definition is askew.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM Fact vs Belief said...

The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association found that more than a century of research has shown "no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM Fact vs Belief said...

Allowing same-sex couples to marry will give them access to basic rights such as hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of the relationship ending.An Oct. 2, 2009 analysis by the New York Times estimates that a same-sex couple denied marriage benefits will incur an additional $41,196 to $467,562 in expenses over their lifetime compared to a married heterosexual couple.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM Thumping on deaf ears said...

Just noticed the bible thumping below. Of course I did not even bother to read it. It looked long so so I am sure it is full of interesting "facts". I thought the fanatics (those that pick and choose what to take literally in the bible) had taken a rest after costing Romney the election. I drove past a really conservative church today and there was a sign stating the the church was going to refuse to marry divorced people in their church. Just teasing as we all know that that picking on one type of "sinner" is the flavor of the day.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM said...

Gay marriages can bring financial gain to state and local governments. Revenue from gay marriage comes from marriage licenses, higher income taxes (the so-called "marriage penalty"), and decreases in costs for state benefit programs. The Comptroller for New York City found that legalizing gay marriage would bring $142 million to the City’s economy and $184 million to the State’s economy.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM said...

Carpe Diem. Well done young lady.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM Call me Heathen said...

The "Christians" in this town find it much more important to harass gay people than to comfort the sick and feed the poor.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM from Texas said...

I am so proud of this young lady and her parents! One day equality for all will be realized!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM My point... said...

Valid studies that can be tested and reproduced are an important part of any argument! Any educator would tell you that!
If you don't see the point then you are stuck on another problem...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM To Valid Studies Are Important said...

So you are a proponent of studies and what they say. How about the obesity study that came out yesterday and cited below. If they can limit the size of the coke one can buy, or the amount of salt in food because it has adverse health affects then are you saying they can use that study for the same? Or is that study of no relevance?
Your point means nothing if you pick and choose which "studies" are applied to support an argument. What is your point?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM to@@Karen Morgan Family said...

Freedom is a self-serving issue? Tell that to our brave folks in the military, to our veterans and their families, to the descendants like myself, of those who fought in the American Revolution and were present when the "shot was heard around the world". The issue is the freedom to enjoy full citizenship rights in regard to marriage for all who claim the name, "American".

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM To @ Karen Morgan Family said...

So you would vote based on one self serving issue to the detriment of the collective country. hmmmm....isn't that what you and all the progressives constantly accuse the GOP of practicing? They say everything the GOP does is soley to better their position, not the country. Hypocricy?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM to Please Read said...

Noting that you choose to read selectively from the bible, I assume it's because you want to "save" gay people..that way lgbt folks can enjoy an eternity together with God. Am I right?
Just so you know, I was an invited guest to a church that wanted to know more about what the bible says about homosexuality. I questioned the motive, and sure enough, the folks who were so sure gay people were not going to heaven admitted that, yes indeed, this was their good intention: that gay folks repent so they can have salvation.
So, whenever they read a bible passage, I, too, read from the bible. I chose to read to them the words of Jesus from Matthew 25 (where Jesus talks at length about the judgment day; the story of separating the sheep from the goats...unless that page is missing from your bible, you are aware that Jesus tells us those going to heaven (the sheep) are the ones who gave drink to the thirsty, fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick and those in prison. Jesus did not say the kingdom of God is dependent on sexual identity, ethnicity, race, religious persuasion, age, gender, gender identity, ability, etc. Not one word. The bible class went as follows:
After my reading Matthew 25, the anti-gay folks were visibly frustrated. They read from Leviticus.
And I calmly read Matthew 25, re-iteranting, "Jesus said"...
And they read from Romans.
And I read Matthew 25, reiterating, "Jesus said..".
And they read from Acts.
And I once again read Matthew 25.
In the end, these folks who knew their bibles so well just couldn't deal with the words of Jesus in Matthew 25. It's fascinating to me when people start quoting the bible to condemn homosexuality, with the motive of "salvation", they leave out the words of Jesus in Matthew 25. Either Matthew 25 is missing from their bibles, which I doubt, or these words of Jesus just don't fit their argument. I guess they think Jesus is better left out of the picture - I guess they went into the meeting thinking no one would pick up on their deleting Jesus words in Matthew 25. So, quoting your bible verses with the motive to condemn gay people, in order they see their "evil ways" and be "saved" gets no where with me...
I will always repeat to you Matthew 25 - because you will always ignore them in your need to condemn gay people.
BTW, the men in the bible class I was invited to went away exasperated and very angry because they were sure they were right - but trying to counter the Jesus was too much for them. Jesus won, hands down that day. As they left the room, they muttered loudly enough for me to hear, "She must be a lesbian". (They were wrong on that, too).
Go figure.
So to all the folks who are thankfully supportive of lgbt folks, when you find someone using the bible to condemn any class of people, first ask if their motive is salvation (they'll usually admit to that because it makes them look good & everyone likes to look good) and second, just pull out Matthew 25 (better yet, memorize the passage-it's really nice to live by) and use it like a broken record. Works like a charm.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM To Please Read said...

Again, you are quoting Paul's letters to the Romans. To understand the context of this writing you need to understand the time and place. The letters were to the jewish population living in Rome. The letters are about individuals who are not true to themselves. The scripture describes women who layed with men are now doing unnatural things. The sin here is going against ones nature as we are all made in the image of God.
To understand scripture one must also understand the cultural context of when it was written.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM To religious conservatives said...

I find it funny that so many relgious conservatives are having a difficult time with change. Your religion evolved from changing times and disputes over what the bible states/means. Without change then there would only be on christian church - The Holy Roman Church (which became Roman Catholocism). Instead of using your religion as a weapon you should be using your relgion to become closer to Jesus who stood for love, compassion, and acceptance!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM Valid Studies are important said...

All I'm gonna say is valid studies are important. Without the knowledge we cannot grow and we repeat mistakes. Unfotunatley, this last election cycle Fox News and several GOP supporters did not like the studies being published; fact checking; or the data of the election outcome. As such, they ignored it and created their own. Then were surprised that they lost both the popular vote and the electoral college vote. If you ignore valid studies then we might as live in the dark ages without our current comforts, medicines, etc. Valid studies that can be tested and reproduced are an important part of any argument! Any educator would tell you that!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM Genesis 1:28 said...

You are right I do not agree

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM To Fact vs Belief said...

I can find a study that will tell you anything. Citing a "study" does not make it fact. Use your own eyes and common sense.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM to Genesis 1:28 said...

Let's review: The bible does indeed say be fruitful and multiply. LGBT people have done that on a pretty regular basis throughout history and continue to do so today. Use to be (and still is today), the pressure to marry someone of the opposite sex was so intense that gay people generally did just that. I remember a gay man who told me his boss said early-on in his journalism career, "you'd better marry or it will look like you're gay...and you'll be fired." So, not wanting to lose his job, he found someone to marry, pretending to be straight, had five kids and eventually divorced his wife after he retired. An estimated 85% of mixed-orientation marriages do end in divorce - but many times, children are conceived in such marriages. Is this God's plan? I don't think so! (Incidentally, it is still legal to fire an employee because they are gay or lesbian in NC and quite a few other states, as well).
Back to reproducing..please refer to an earlier post. It's 2013 and same-sex couples can and do employ the same methods to reproduce that straight couples use when unable to conceive: they use egg and sperm donors, in-vitro fertilzation, surrogate mothers, etc. Adoption also is a nice way to add to the family. Gay and lesbian people are not lacking in the ability to be fruitful and multiply and do so quite well, thank you very much. Thousands of children in America are the offspring of gay and lesbian people. I might add, gay and straight people who lack a partner or spouse, also have biological children as well, using the same modern-day methods of conception (egg/sperm donors, etc).
Yet, even today, many heterosexual people still believe in the silly idea that everyone is or should be heterosexual or at least give the appearance of being heterosexual. This is called heterosexism..and because heterosexuals are the majority, they've long had the power to keep this discriminatory system in place. It is a system that rewards, privileges, and gives status/power to all who conform to the expectation of being or appearing to be heterosexual. It likewise punishes, denigrates, and discriminates against those who do not conform to this expectation. Thankfully, many heterosexual people are more enlightened today and are working alongside lgbt folks to end heterosexism.
Heterosexism is rooted in biblical sexism, where women were understood as property of men. I'm glad you can recite bible verses, but you left out that one about "a man shall not covet his neighbor's property." Right in there with the (male) neighbor's listing of property, i.e., his ox, home, and fields, is the (male) neighbor's wife. Yep..women were in the same category as oxen. And then we have that verse, "A man shall not lie with a man". Very clear, there's really no more to say. But wait, the biblical writer adds an editorial comment, "as with a woman". Clearly, this verse warns men that the sin or evil is "being like a woman", that lowly creature in the same category as oxen.
Sexism is still alive and well today, as is heterosexism. It's OK for women to cross-dress (though not too many years ago, a woman wearing trousers was accused of being a lesbian), but not OK for men to cross-dress. It's OK for a woman to be a doctor, but if a man aspires to nursing, well, he must be gay. Hope you get the point. Many heterosexuals do not like gender-bending. They prefer the sexist/heterosexist traditions that the controlling heterosexual majority has grown accustomed to. You know, it really wasn't that long ago when women got the right to vote. The bible was used to keep women from voting..women weren't the head of the household and besides, women's nature was emotional and men's nature was intellectual and therefore, better able to make rational decisions at the ballot box.
Traditional marriage is both a sexist and heterosexist institution. As a woman, I receive rewards, status, and privilege only if I partner with a man. It is in marrying a male that I receive relationship status in North Carolina and in America, land of the free heterosexual and brave homosexual. If I partner with a woman, then heterosexuals define my relationship as inherently inferior. A female-female relationship can't possibly be as good as a female-male relationship because it's the male (his genitalia/chromosomes) that give the relationship status. "Who gives this woman in marriage" is still oft repeated, as if women are property to be given away. No one ever says, "Who gives this man away?" If a man wants to marry a man, well, he's being like a woman (a man shall not lie with a man, as with a woman). Being in such a relationship (male-male) lowers a man's status and removes privilege because both men have lowered themselves to the status of women.
Frankly, I abhor the biblical injunctions that are both sexist and heterosexist.
I'm certain you don't agree...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM Fact vs Belief said...

Legalizing gay marriage will not harm heterosexual marriages or "family values.” A study published on Apr. 13, 2009 in Social Science Quarterly found that laws permitting same-sex marriage or civil unions have no adverse effect on marriage divorce, and abortion rates, [or] the percent of children born out of wedlock.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM Fact vs Belief said...

A longitudinal study published in Pediatrics on June 7, 2010 found that children of lesbian mothers were rated higher than children of heterosexual parents in social and academic competence and had fewer social problems (A July 2010 study found that children of gay fathers were "as well-adjusted as those adopted by heterosexual parents".

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM @ Baines said...

When I see effort to stop divorcees from remarrying in the church, I will believe your point of view is valid. Otherwise, you are just don't make any sense.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM wildtorn said...

I agree people aught to be treeted equal. a I dont know why evelusion has to be in it. I aint come from no ape. or the supremes either are homasecxual. The gay jeans come grom the aleins when they landed in mexioco on th axtecs.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM This is the story Karen's cousin mentioned said...

Below a cousin of Karen Morgan wrote a post below to congratulate Cameron. Check out this article and decide who is really hurting children? Soldier who fought for same-sex equality succumbs to breast cancer before Supreme Court ruling on Defence of Marriage Act
Charlie Morgan, a career soldier from New Hampshire, has been at the forefront of the battle for equality for years. She came out on TV when the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came to an end, in 2011, and is part of one of eight couples named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (Doma).
But Morgan, 48, died on Sunday, of breast cancer, before the lawsuit was heard by the US supreme court, dashing her hope that Doma would die before she did. The court is expected to rule on the law later this year.
Morgan leaves behind a wife, Karen, who will not be eligible for the survivor benefits afforded to a male military spouse, and nor for social security benefits that would help her take care of their 5-year-old daughter, Casey.
The couple were legally married in New Hampshire after a 12-year legal partnership, but Doma only recognizes a spouse as someone of the opposite sex, thus prohibiting recognition for lawful marriages between same-sex couples.
Morgan’s breast cancer was diagnosed in 2008. A chief warrant officer for the New Hampshire National Guard, she and her wife repeatedly spoke out about how Doma would hurt their family if she died. They appeared in a poignant video for Freedom To Marry, calling for Doma’s repeal.
In an interview last year, Morgan told the Washington Post that same-sex couples wanted more than financial equality with heterosexual soldiers and their families, in order to feel like they really belonged.
Allyson Robinson, the executive director of OutServe-SLDN, paid tribute to “a courageous fighter for our country, for her family, and for the equality of all who wear the uniform of our nation”.
In a statement announcing Morgan’s death, Robinson said: “She made an indelible mark on everyone she met with her integrity, her positive outlook, and her unflinching commitment to righting the wrongs visited upon gay and lesbian military families. The fight for full LGBT equality in this country is forever changed because Charlie Morgan took up the cause.”
On Monday, Leon Panetta, the defense secretary, announced a raft of benefits the military would now grant to military members and retirees with same-sex partners. He said it marked the completion of the repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, which barred gay and lesbian military members from serving openly.
The move, which will make benefits such as military IDs, legal assistance and childcare, morale, welfare and recreation programs available to gay troops with same-sex partners as early as 31 August, was welcomed as a historic step by rights groups. The Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard said it would extend the same benefits as those announced by the Pentagon. However, many of the benefits, such as those covering housing, medical and dental care are not included, because they are restricted under Doma.
In a memo to service chiefs outlining the policy, Panetta wrote: “In the event that the Defense of Marriage Act is no longer applicable to the Department of Defense, it will be the policy of the department to construe the words ‘spouse’ and ‘marriage’ without regard to sexual orientation and married couples, irrespective of sexual orientation and their dependants, will be granted full military benefits.”
The Washington Blade reported on Monday that the benefits could not be applied posthumously, so Morgan’s family will not be eligible for them.
A person can have any belief that they choose but when they trample the rights of others, their belief becomes void. Sad she did not live long enough to see the changes that are coming in the near future. If not tomorrow, perhaps the next day, or even next year. Change is on the way.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM said...

All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience.Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience.Marriage is not an issue that people rationalize through the abstract lens of the law; rather it is something understood emotionally through one’s own experience with family, neighbors, and friends. The party of Lincoln should stand with our best tradition of equality and support full civil marriage for all Americans.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM to more to a marriage said...

As I said in an earlier post, lgbt couples have the ability to reproduce as easily as straight couples who have difficulty conceiving. When straight couples find they cannot conceive, they turn to egg or sperm donorship, in-vitro fertilization, and/or surrogate mothers. Lesbian and gay couples utilize the same options to reproduce as infertile straight couples or single people (gay or straight) who want children but are neither married or partnered. So, I agree with you - in this day and age, the ability (or lack thereof) to conceive, does not prevent gay or straight couples from reproducing. With so many "breeding" options, lgbt couples can reproduce as easily as their counterparts in the straight community. Most people of child-bearing age has the ability to reproduce through one of these options - and adoption is another wonderful way to widen the family circle. I've always wondered what rock folks are hiding under when they say lgbt couples can't reproduce
and therefore, should be denied marriage...it should be obvious that they can indeed reproduce (there are thousands of children with same-gender parents; not all of these children were adopted). It's a simple matter of utilizing the various options for conception.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM to @Karen Morgan family member said...

Yes, I will be at the vigil. And glad you mentioned it; I was hoping someone would. I have another dear story of a gay family member - my beloved brother. He died unexpectedly of a stroke when he was just short of 59 years old. He and his partner (I consider him my brother-in-law) were together for 25 years. They were not married legally, as they lived in Virginia. (At my brother's memorial service, the pastor in the United Church of Christ congregation where it was held, blessed their relationship and read the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians at the family's request). When my brother's partner turned 60 a few years ago, he did not qualify for Social Security survivor benefits because that benefit only goes to surviving spouses of legally wed straight couples. Both he and my brother had paid into Social Security through payroll taxes, like straight American citizens. He could use the benefit, as he has since been diagnosed with a debilitating disease. Instead, he will continue to work until he's 66 and can take his own full Social Security benefit at that time. In the meantime, I started receiving Social Security survivor benefits at the age of 60 - almost $1400 a month - because I was married for 10 years back in the 1970s, divorced, never re-married (my ex did re-marry) and my ex died fifteen years after we divorced. That's how discriminatory this nation is to lgbt people and their families. My cousin Karen (Charlie's wife) must return to work. While Charlie was in the military, Karen was a stay-at-home mom. Karen's gone back to school to get a degree in Special Education because she needs to support their daughter, five year old Casey Elena. She was legally married to her wife, Charlie, but Karen gets no survivor benefits because of DOMA. The discrimination really hits home in my family. (I have another gay cousin in Massachusetts. He's a pediaatrician and he and his partner were among the first to marry in Massachusetts).Needless to say, nearly every immediate and extended family member voted for Obama because it was our only option for equality. I'm so very tired of people saying Obama hasn't done anything. The GOP option gave us absolutely no hope. In the end, we know we will prevail - but sadly, it's too late for Karen, Casey Elena, my brother's partner and so many others. Thank-you for your very kind words of compassion. I am so overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of support for Susan, Sheila, and Cameron here in Wilson. It was not like that twenty years ago, but things are definitely looking up.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM Lose weight girls said...

The National Institutes of Health awarded a Boston hospital more than $1.5 million to figure out why nearly three-quarters of lesbians are overweight — calling the disparities a significant public health issue.
“It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women,” according to a description of the grant.
The taxpayer money was awarded to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to study the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity. The project is overseen by S. Bryn Austin.
The grant was awarded through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The hospital received a 2011 grant worth $778,622 and a 2012 grant worth $778,622.
According to the NIH grant, the project’s end date is in 2016.
“Obesity is one of the most critical public health issues affecting the U.S. today,” the grant states. “Racial and socioeconomic disparities in obesity are receiving increasing attention; however, one area of disparities that is only beginning to be recognized is the striking interplay of gender and sexual orientation.”
“Our study has high potential for public health impact not only for sexual minorities but also for heterosexuals,” the grant states.
“These disparities are of high public-health significance,” the hospital states in its grant.
Bock said obesity is a major public health problem in the United States and said the NIH had undertaken major research to understand the causes.
“The study on obesity and sexual orientation aims to understand why specific populations are disproportionately affected by obesity and how best to inform prevention and treatment strategies aimed at these populations,” he said.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM Please Read said...

Homosexuality has a heavy judgment administered by God upon those who commit it and support it. This judgment is simple in that those who practice it are given over to their passions which mean that their hearts are allowed to be hardened by their sins.
"For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error," (Rom. 1:26-27).
As a result, they can no longer see the error of what they are doing. They will not seek forgiveness. They will die in their sins. They will face God's holy condemnation. However, that is not all. In addition to the judgment of being given over to their sin, those involved in it also promote it and condemn others who don't approve of their behavior.
"...and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them," (Rom. 1:32).
So, in their approval of homosexuality they encourage others to be trapped in their sinfulness. They will not trust in Christ's redemptive work on the cross. Without Jesus, they will have no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, they will have no salvation. Without salvation, there is only damnation in eternal hell.
Christians aren't judging you. They are informing you. God has declared that homosexuality is a sin. It is not our preferences we are declaring. It is God's. I know I know, some will say the Bible isn't true, that it is archaic, sexist, homophobic...blah, blah, blah. I've heard it all before. Kill the messenger and let's all jump into bed together and have our fun. Sorry, I'm not interested in freedom without responsibility and the resulting promiscuity and diseases that accompany the politically correct, sexual freedom of aberrant liberal morality. Instead, I'll follow the Lord who calls all to repentance me included.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent :( Acts 17:30),


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM said...

Magnificent job Cameron. God loves this family as they have been truly blessed.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM Genesis 1:28 said...

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Homosexuality cannot carry out that command. It is, therefore, a contradiction to God's stated desire in the created order.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM From Fort Myers, FL said...

What an amazing story! Such a thoughtful child and inspiring writer! Good job Cameron. I hope the courts find their way to equality for all!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM DA MAN!!!! said...

The only thing good about being gay is that you can wear each others clothes and jewelery. LOL!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM Marriage said...

Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for heterosexual marriage. Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM said...

Marriage is a states rights issue so dream on. I will kiss my wife to whom I am married to. LOL

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM said...

I hope the court rules that states do have the right to decide for themselves. Then you can move to one of them.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM @ Facts said...

I did not know the Supremes were homosectuals. Thanks for that bite of information. It gives new meaning to their songs.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM Love said...

If the mere fact that two people love each other bothers you, it's time for you to get professional help.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM More to a marriage said...

If marriage is about reproduction, then infertile couples would not be allowed to marry. Ability or desire to create offspring has never been a qualification for marriage. George Washington, often referred to as "the Father of Our Country,” did not have children with his wife Martha Custis, and neither did four other married US presidents.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM DOMA & PROP 8 said...

I hate to break it to all who believe the Supreme Court can't make a decision on gay marriage other than what is presented before them - you are wrong. DOMA will likely fall thus creating intersting times for states that do not allow same sex marriage. Where the conversation becomes important is in the Prop 8 case regarding California. The Supreme Court can decide to allow gay marriage and apply it to 1) the state, 2) the region, or 3) the entire country or not allow it in the state (thus nation). Personally, I think the Court will have a narrow definition and will not apply it across the nation. But those who think these two cases can't affect people in other states are wrong.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM @Karen Morgan family member said...

I remember reading the story about Karen and Charlie. It was very touching and exactly why gay couples should have the same rights to protect their family. It is a shame that they did not get survivor benefits like all other married military families. Would you or Karen like to come to a Wilson vigil before the courts hear the court case? Your story would be a good one to share.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM gay mom said...

Legalizing gay marriage will not harm heterosexual marriages or "family values.” A study published on Apr. 13, 2009 in Social Science Quarterly found that laws permitting same-sex marriage or civil unions have no adverse effect on marriage divorce, and abortion rates, [or] the percent of children born out of wedlock...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM Come On! said...

Way to go! You all have such a beautiful family and I am so happy for you all!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM To To Facts said...

Obamacare is costing them too. No party and group is in line 100% of the time. Good try.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM To "to Facts" said...

Who cares? If you choose an alternative lifestyle, you need to be prepared to face obstacles. If you don't want to swim upstream, go with the flow of a lifestyle that is natural.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM to Facts said...

I am well aware that both cases before the Supreme Court may not result in North Carolina recognizing same-sex marriages. However, this will present a headache for North Carolina. Two scenarios: when DOMA is overturned, as is likely, all same-sex couples residing in NC who're legally married in another state, will have their marriages recognized by the federal government. Come tax time, they can claim "married, filing jointly" on federal forms, but will still have to file "single" on North Carolina forms. Insurance companies, financial institutions that offer mortgages, loans, etc, adoption agencies, etc., may be free to recognize federally recognized marriages. Additionally, same-sex, legally married couples in the military may live in NC, but may claim residency in one of the states where their marriage is legal. They will be living in NC with non-resident status, but have both home-state and federal recognition of their marriages. This will create two classes of same-sex married couples living in NC, those with full state & federal recognition and those with federal recognition only. Major corporations have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, reporting that this in-equity between state and federal recognition results in costly amounts of time to file differentiated forms. I've always laughed when Republicans "say" they support big business. They don't - and this is a glaring example of how Republican anti-gay policy will erode business profits in NC, once DOMA is overturned. I don't think you'll be laughing for long...North Carolina will eventually wake up and realize the big headache that amendment one is.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM Inis Magrath said...

The article states that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), "prevents states from having to recognize out-of-state same-sex unions."
While technically true, that provision of DOMA is not being challenged in the current court cases. Section 2 of DOMA provides that states do not have to recognize marriages from other states. But Section 2, as I said, is not being challenged in any of the lawsuits now before the Supreme Court.
Section 3 of DOMA provides that the Federal government will only recognize opposite sex marriages. It is only the constitutionality of Section 3 that is now before the Supreme Court.
So, while I admire the spirit and eloquence of young Cameron Myers Milne, even a "win" for LGBT rights in the cases now before the court will not change the fact that North Carolina can continue to ignore her parents' legal marriage from the State of New York.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM @yep.... said...

You replied to @yep it's time to cancel. How do you know that person watches cable, subscribes to other papers, etc? It has nothing to do with homophobia, I believe what I believe according to my morals and values. I do not dislike gay people. This just is NOT news. I mean, there are much bigger things going on in this world. Who said it was your court, Yep can stay and play with me.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM @ To @ To To @ hijack marriage said...

It's evident by the language in our responses who the close-minded one really is. And just so you know, I'm a happy, heterosexual male who happens to see inequality for people who wish to share their lives together. As for your continual pressing about the idea of 'civil unions,' I equate that to the propositions of segregation in the early days of African-American civil rights--same but separate. We see how well that turned out. And in case you aren't aware, words change, adapt, and evolve over time. Any linguist will tell you that, so when you assert that the definition of 'marriage' cannot change, I assure you, it can (whether you like it or not). In any case, I'm sorry that this issue affects you to the point where you feel threatened about the definition of YOUR OWN marriage (or prospects, if you aren't married yet) and hope you can learn to get over it, as it's only a matter of time before the tide turns completely.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM To SJ said...

You've done it now. I was hoping this would all end soon but now you've thrown evolution into the mix....
Can someone please find a connection to drones?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM @Yep, I think it is time to cancel said...

AND another thing, you might also want to cancel your cable or just turn off your television altogether because the WTD was not the only paper or news program that covered the story. You should check out the AP links for the article as it made national news. It would be crazy for Wilson not to cover the article. Now you can take your ball and go home. Homosexuality is not a choice. Homophobia is a choice.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:49 AM Another statistic said...

Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008. Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. Alaska, the first state to alter its constitution to prohibit gay marriage in 1998, saw a 17.2% increase in its divorce rate. The seven states with the highest divorce rates between 2003 and 2008 all had constitutional prohibitions to gay marriage.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:44 AM Hey! Try this out said...

If you don't like gay marriage then don't do it! If gay marriage is affecting the santitiy of your "traditional" marriage then YOU have issues. Leave people alone and mind your own buisness. Im not even gay and I can embrace this concept. That's whats wrong with this country the church is playing politics. Well if they want to play politics TAX THEM! Bet that idea doesn't go over well.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:58 AM to said said...

Thanks for the heads-up on Cameron's WRAL interview. I missed it, but found it easily on the net. So impressed with Cameron's advocacy for her family! Would encourage folks to also google my family members speaking up - my cousin, Karen Morgan, and her wife, the late Charlie Morgan. Their daughter, Casey Elena, is younger than Cameron and I know she's proud of Cameron, too. Casey Elena appears in pictures with her moms...Karen is a stay-at-home mom and Charlie was in the military and died last month of Stage 4 breast cancer. When Don't Ask/Don't Tell was lifted, Charlie came out on MSNBC. Karen and Charlie both appeared on CNN. Charlie so wanted to live to see DOMA declared unconstitutional so Karen and Casey Elena would have survivor benefits that straight married couples in the military have. Charlie put her life on the line to protect our country (she served a year in Kuwait) and asked only that her country protect the welfare of her family, (wife and daughter) by providing equal benefits. Watch the online videos and hear Charlie speaking up...very inspirational, as is Cameron's story. Charlie and Karen were legally married in NH. Following Charlie's death, legislation was introduced in Congress last month, "The Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act". I'm so proud to be a part of the "LGBT Family & Friends" (which is also the name of a group that meets regularly in the United Church of Christ church I attend - would encourage Wilson's lgbt-friendly churches to start such groups). Thanks again, Cameron, and to all those doing their part for equality!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM Mary said...

Gay marriage will make it easier for same-sex couples to adopt children. In the US, 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted . A longitudinal study published in Pediatrics on June 7, 2010 found that children of lesbian mothers were rated higher than children of heterosexual parents in social and academic competence and had fewer social problems (A July 2010 study found that children of gay fathers were "as well-adjusted as those adopted by heterosexual parents

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM Facts said...

Hate to brake it down to you girls but the part that is before the Supremes even if thy strike down the federal law it will not change ANYTHING IN NC. Many times has the court upheld that the popular vote is the will of the people. Plus that part of the DMA is not being challenged in the suit. Maybe you should move. OK girls give me your best shots. about 1 post every 10m minutes like the vultures you are LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM @ Yep, I think it is time to cancel said...

Lisa Boykin Batts also wrote really wonderful articles regarding Cameron last year. WDT thanks for such enlightening articles. This guy is going to take his ball and go home because he does not like the way the game is being played. So, if you don't agree with the news, you just cancel the paper. Interesting point of view but not surprising at all. I am surprised he is still reading any papers since the November 2012 elections.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:32 PM SJ said...

There is no such thing as traditional marriage. Given the prevalence of modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on polygamy, communal child-rearing, the use of concubines and mistresses and the commonality of prostitution, heterosexual monogamy can be considered "unnatural” in evolutionary terms.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM Good article said...

All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience. Gay couples are not asking to marry in your church if your church is against gay marriage. Marriage is not an issue that people rationalize through the abstract lens of the law; rather it is something understood emotionally through one’s own experience with family, neighbors, and friends. The party of Lincoln should stand with our best tradition of equality and support full civil marriage for all Americans.


Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:57 PM Tough guy said...

“I've never been a homophobe, never understood what that is all about. I knew some people who were gay and never cared about their sexuality. But at the same time, I didn't fully understand the issues around gay people until my friend BA started telling me about his full public support for gay marriage. We talked about the issue and I decided its not enough to not be against a minority, if you want things to go better for them you have to speak up with them.
“I'm a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights.
“I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that's the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that.
“What people overlook is that is isn't a sex issue, its a love issue. There's no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other.
“I have kids. I don't want them growing up in a society where they, or their friends, could be second class citizens based on which person they fall in love with or who they want to be happy with.” R. Evans UFC Light Heavy Weight Champion
Men who are secure in their own sexuality don't give a rats you-know-what about this issue.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM said...

Cameron was on WRAL and she rocked the interview! Wow!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM Ellen said...

Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008. Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. Alaska, the first state to alter its constitution to prohibit gay marriage in 1998, saw a 17.2% increase in its divorce rate. The seven states with the highest divorce rates between 2003 and 2008 all had constitutional prohibitions to gay marriage. So, you just can't argue with the facts. I imagine if Faux news got a hold of these facts they would probably reverse the numbers.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM Jeanie C. Reilly said...

This is just a little Peyton Place and you're all Harper Valley (er, Wilson) hypocrites. As Jesus said, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:43 PM twindad said...

What happened to the attitude of all you folks in support of this little girl and her "parents" posting we-love-everybody-and-the-world-is-such-a-beautiful-place messages?! I love the way homosexuals give lip service to being "open-minded" about different views...until someone expresses a biblical perspective on the matter. Then, the venom starts flying. It's hilarious.
Don't forget that you are not arguing with me. You are arguing with the God of the Bible. Maybe you have decided not to "take Him literally", or maybe you have decided to re-invent Him to suit your own personal views. Either way, you are entitled to that. We were created with something called free will. But, after all your zigging and zagging, you better hope you are right because it's a mighty big gamble on your part. Ever thought about what happens if His Word is true?!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM Burd said...

Same-sex marriage is a civil right. The 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia confirmed that marriage is "one of the basic civil rights of man," and same-sex marriages should receive the same protections given to interracial marriages by that ruling. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), on May 19, 2012, named same-sex marriage as "one of the key civil rights struggles of our time."

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM Only Truth said...

All I can say is - Christians look up for our redemption draweth nigh. Even so Come Lord Jesus Come.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM Liz Brimm said...

Bravo, Cameron, and congratulations to your moms for raising such a gutsy and articulate young woman!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM Greenfield is an example to be followed said...

The day after the 2012 election, a friend of mine was given the middle finger by a father that was dropping his child off at Community Christian. Her offense was that she had an Obama sticker on her vehicle and he lacked the restraint to refrain from doing such a negative thing in the presence of her young child. He was an angry man and took it out on a lady and her child. I had an Obama sticker on my car at Greenfield and I know for a fact that some people were not excited to see the sticker, but the difference is they had the composure to deal with it in an adult manner. Greenfield prepares their students to excel in all areas of life. Check out their college acceptance rates, SAT scores, athletics, and community service. The fact this little girl is thriving at Greenfield is to the credit of the parents, teachers, and the staff at Greenfield School. They are to be commended because you will not get very far in life by giving the finger to someone that disagrees with you. I guess the couple of guys (yes, it is the same cows mooing over and over again)that keep posting the ignorant negative remarks would rather this child was teased at Greenfield. Whether the majority at the school agree with the topic, they know how treat all people with respect.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM @twindad said...

"Says a lot about Greenfield" (a private, non-sectarian school)....well, I'm pleased that Greenfield is inclusive and non-sectarian. I live in one of those states that voted for marriage equality, as opposed to those class-dividing "civil unions". I guess you don't think much of citizens in a growing number of states and our nation's capital? We're no different than Greenfield in respect to inclusivity and allowing people to take a stand for it. You can, of course, stay in your corner of a narrow, sectarian world..but caution, North Carolina is being invaded by folks with ideas that differ from yours. The governor of NC just celebrated MetLife's decision to move 2600 of its employees to NC (those 2600 employees currently reside in California and states north of the Mason-Dixon line). Most of us who live up north are pretty comfortable with marriage for all and think the idea of "civil union" is foreign-language-speak" and just an attempt, mean-spirited or not, to divide people by class. And BTW, religious people in marriage-equality states remain divided on subjects such as marriage, divorce, sexuality, etc - and are free to state opinions such as yours. However, marriage equality is about rights of citizenship in the United States, not the rights of any deity's "kingdom," here or in the after-life.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM It's marriage 4 all said...

I'm a little stumped as to why there's even a debate over terms "civil union" and marriage. Marriage has been re-defined to include same-gender couples in a good many states and the District of Columbia - I live in one of those states and my kinfolk live in two other states where couples, gay or straight, get married. They don't get "civil-unioned". Cameron's parents are legally married in one such state - it's just that the federal government (and NC) don't recognize their marriage. They are not "civil-unioned". This argument about language and "re-defining marriage" is so yesterday. If you take a trip to our nation's capital and happen to see a same-gender couple with attendant wedding party and guests in a nice downtown park or leaving the National Cathedral, National City Christian Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, or another house of worship, please know they're married. It's perfectly legal. They're not getting "civil-unioned". The argument for "civil unions" instead of marriage has seen its day. Time to move on.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM @twinbabydaddy said...

The bigger question is why do you really care about a gay couple having full federal equality under the law? What scares you? Are you afraid you wife will get tired of how much time you spend on the internet and choose another "lifestyle"? Who is taking care of the twins? Just teasing, unlike you I could care less what you do with your time and how you live your life. I am not even interested in changing you mind on gay marriage because unless you have been in a coma for the past few years, you know that you are in the minority regarding the subject. The American people understand and are making the right changes. People don't care what you believe, nor do they need your acceptance. I am sinning right at this very moment because I am eating shrimp and wearing multiple articles of mixed blends. Get a life and go take care of your family before you end up another statistic.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM @twinbabydaddy said...

Greenfield sets the bar for academic excellence but you already know that. Are you upset that such a school also sets the "Christian" example by treating people with dignity and respect. Marriage is a contract and all your rantings about the bible will not affect the courts decision as it will be based on law. Cameron is a lucky girl to be surrounded by such humanity.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM @twindad said...

Newsflash twindad, not everyone takes the bible literally. Do you try to keep divorced people from getting married? If the answer to that question is yes, then we can continue this debate. Why should your belief hinder another person's freedoms? As for your traditional marriages, how are they working out so far?

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM @ twindad said...

Why do feel so sure that because someone holds a position against changing the definition of marriage from a traditional one that they are filled with hate?
Sounds rather conclusionary on your part.


Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM twindad said...

Here are some facts. Homosexuality is wrong according to the God of the Bible. Just because people have the constitutional right to do and say things that are wrong according to the Bible doesn't make them right. People will never be convinced that they are doing anything wrong if the folks telling them are filled with hate.
It says a lot about Greenfield School that they are willing to be such an obvious part of this story (to the extent of article photo being taken at the center of their campus).

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM @ To Polygamy said...

You just made a point in the earlier conversations. Minority rights should never be voted on by majority because majority typically does not want status quo to change. Additionally, the various churches in the NC helped scare people into voting. That's all, respond if you like but honestly you can't win the philosophical debate.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM To Get Over Yourself said...

No one is criminalizing anyones opinion. It is the action others support and enforce limiting rights that is criminal.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM To @ To To @ hijack marriage said...

It is not my nor anyone else "belief" that defines the word. The word defines itself. Period. And for some reason you and the other proponents are set on changing the definition to fit your lifestyle. If civil union = marriage under the law you wouldn't be satisfied because you havn't wrecked traditional marriage.
What if a civil union, or whatever other word you choose, has equal footing with a marriage that still would not be ebough for you and others would it? Your and other's insistence on changing an institution simply to fit your lifestyle is the problem many have. It is not the fact that you live that way. Who is the one being close minded and single tracked?


Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM said...

Love will always prevail. What a proud and confident little girl.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM To To Civil Rights said...

You are wrong. Civil rights are civil rights period. Marriage equality is just one of these rights. Many gay people have been killed, bullied to death, and/or bullied for who they are. Additionally, what about the recent news (within 6 months) with preachers telling their families to beat effeminate kids while others saying that gays should be put into concentration style camps to die out. Still more teachers calling gay kids useless and without worth. So, you see there are comparisons.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM Jane said...

How does one person's marriage affect another person's marriage? Please explain how a legal contract between two people and federal equality to protect a family can hurt another person's marriage. This is just plain dumb and a very poor scare tactic. Most people cannot relate to this argument. Are their marriage weak already? I propose we start a support group for these weak marriages to that they don't raise the divorce rate because the success rate ain't all that great as it is right now and marriage is only legal in 20% of the states.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM Yep, I think it's time to cancel said...

This is NOT news. This is crap. This paper just keeps sinking. Who cares that this kid can write, goes to Greenfield and has lesbian parents? How about a story that actually makes a difference in this community? Where is Lisa, for crying out loud?

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:40 AM said...

Stupendous job Cameron!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:38 AM Christian does not mean discrimination said...

This is directed toward the person that assumes that Wilson "Christen" and Community "Christen" resembles people like him. I hate to burst that ego-protective bubble or yours, but you must understand that not everyone that attends a program/school/church etc... with Christian in the name is as narrow-minded as you. Please do not put everyone in your lonely box.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:22 AM @teacher said...

This family is extremely proud of little Cameron. This child knows love and she apparently knows how to love others.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM Proud of Cameron said...

A quest for a civil right is just that, a quest for a civil right. Good job Cameron.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:57 AM pbrunda said...

Cameron,
Great job!! Congratulations on all your accomplishments I have read about in postings here! They are quite impressive! Your love of your family, and their love and support of you are inspirational. I wish you continued success. Congratulations also to your parents, great job!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:27 AM pbrunda said...

@Matt Smith
It used to be "normal" to:
Have water fountains for blacks and whites
Have marriage only between couples of the same ethnic background
Own slaves
Have blacks sit at the back of the bus
Allow husbands to legally beat their wives
Deny women the right to vote
etc., etc.
How did parents explain those changes to their children? If you have difficulty explaining the concept of equality, and how it is the foundation of this country, that is your problem as a parent and an American. With a divorce rate over 50%, how do you explain that to children and have them feel secure? Surely, most parents don't intend to divorce when they become parents.
In regard to your working with children, prejudice is a learned behavior. One's own views are projected both consciously and subconsciously. You have a responsibility to make a conscious effort to avoid your prejudice from influencing, or affecting, the children you work with and not imposing your religious beliefs upon them in judgement. Those children of same sex parents have just as much right to have you respect their families as children of heterosexuals. For their sake, be very aware of the projection of your perspective in your position.


Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:14 AM @ To To @ hijack marriage said...

So, just to be clear, allowing homosexuals equal right to marry their significant other hurts your marriage, because you're offended that a word could be adjusted in a way that's contrary to your beliefs? This type of thinking floors me, as usually this line of reasoning is (pardon the pun) married to other conservative ideas of people being responsible for their own lives (with less government, while we're at it). How ironic is it then that those who would espouse such views would then seek to restrict the rights of others (women, minorities, homosexuals), based on their beliefs, especially when such changes would not alter or infringe on peoples' personal lives for the worse?

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM Impressed said...


Fantastic article! This family is
an inspiration both for our community and legislation. This young lady is taking a stand for something she believes in and is proud of her family and she should be! She is also using her story to give an example to the Supreme Court. Look at how many broken homes, single parent households, grandparents raising grandchildren and unwanted children in the fostercare system who are out there today. This young lady is lucky to have not just one but TWO loving parents to support her. Its time for the government to recognize that the times of traditional nuclear families have become a thing of the past. We are raising a generation of more opened minded and accepting children. A closed mind is definitely a good thing to lose. Let's embrace this family and the integrity they have instilled in their daughter.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:36 AM @ To Civil Rights said...

Inasmuch as the issues of gay marriage extend to the civil arena, I would say that this would be a civil rights issue, although in a different way than perhaps the experiences of African Americans in the Jim Crow South in the first half of the twentieth century. In any case, I'm sorry that you're offended and claim such exclusive and fierce ownership of 'the civil rights struggle.' Sooner or later America will have to come to terms with the prospects of equality for all, and I have all confidence you'll continue to see a shift as time passes. In fifty years this won't even be an issue, just as younger generations today couldn't fathom a land of segregation.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM To Polygomy said...

I don't know how you figure otherwise, but those in favor of gay marriage and polygamist have the same fundamental core to their argument. That core being that is you love someone you should be ale to be with them in a domestic relationship simply because you love that person, whether it be one other person or more than one. Otherwise there is nothing that separates their arguments.
Oh and the people of NC did speak. Look at the percentage by which traditional marriage passed. What does that say to you and anyone else who is claiming otherwise. Remember that was just 9 months ago.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM Procreation said...

Referring to "to to hijacking marriage" who says "One association could procreate and the other association could not".
This is news...gay and lesbian people can't procreate? Of course they can....it's 2013 and last I checked, there's no shortage of petri dishes, egg donors, sperm banks, and surrogate mothers. And, hello, single, heterosexual women who want a child having been doing so for decades- no need to find a male partner. Again, sperm banks exist. Geesh...the only folks who can't procreate are those who are sterile or post-menopausal (well, that's not always the case for the latter anymore ). Most human beings are fully capable of procreating - even gays and lesbians. We're not in the last century and procreation is no longer dependent on heterosexual-appearing marriages. (Traditionally, in centuries past, gay and lesbians were pressured into heterosexual-appearing marriages and conceived the old fashioned way. Nevermind the marriage was lacking in love and such pressured marriages have increasingly ended in divorced). In this age, making a baby does not have to have anything to do with what goes on in the bedroom. Lots of times, babies get made in fertility clinics with a woman carrying the result of what happened in the petri dish. Or maybe it was just the birds and the bees. Whatever.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM To Civil Rights said...

Wow. Did you just put the quest for the redefining of the word marriage in the same area as the civil rights struggle?
It is majorly unfair to those who fought and suffered for civil rights when you try to compare gay marriage to their struggles, discrimination and what was overcome by efforts across the board. It is truly ignorant and shows how narrow minded the argument is.
Whether being gay is a choice or not there is nothing that is stopping you from living in any neighborhood in this country. There is nothing stopping you from eating in any public eatery or shopping in any store. That comparison is flat wrong.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM polygamy said...

Again, I have no iron in the fire and personally could care less what other people do as long as it does not infringe on or exclude my legal rights. I can assure you my reasons for wanting marriage equality comes from wanting the legal rights to protect my family which I (or my family) am currently not afforded. So please stop trying to make this argument into something it is not. Polygamy and marriage equality do not have the same place at the table just as me stating married heterosexuals should not be allowed to have children because 50% of heterosexual marriage will end in divorce (with North Carolina Divorce rate being slightly higher than the national average). And based on the numerous studies we know that children growing up in a divorced family is one of the worse situations to be in. Of course these statics are about a year and a half old.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM To To @ hijack marriage said...

Because you are changing the definition of a word to fit something that is contrary at the core of the word. Since you say it would do no harm to extend this privilege, then it would also do no hard to call them a civil union and extend the exact same rights as a marriage, would it???? It truly comes down to dictating and controlling the word and changing it because you and others don't like the word because of it's core. Otherwise a civil union would be fine as it would be equally recognized under the law, because afterall it is two different and distinct associations. One association could procreate and the other association could not.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM said...

Nasty just plain nasty

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM Get over yourself said...

It's amazing how these leftist seek to criminalize opinion and the rights of others to vote their conscience. To date I enjoy the freedom of having my opinions on any topic and the right to vote anyway I wish. It should be obvious that these folks oppose those rights.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM Need clarification said...

I would like to know more of the reasoning from those posting in this discussion regarding the term "marriage" and their belief that it should be reserved only for heterosexual couples.
Is this a religious understanding that compels you to favor "civil union" language for same-sex couples? For if that's the case, you surely realize you're trying to dictate doctrine for the increasing number of faith communities that support marriage - not civil unions - for same-sex couples, including: the United Church of Christ (UCC), the Episcopal Church in America, Metropolitan Community Churches, Unity Fellowship of Churches, Unitarian Universalists, many Jewish Reformed congregations, and generally dependent on congregational approval (though not always), the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), American Baptists, and several other faith communities.
Please help us understand your need to differentiate, becuase a lot of religious folk in this country have no need to do so nor want to do so.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM civil rights said...

Being gay is not a choice. PERIOD. Being gay is part of who we are and we are not allowed the same rights just as african americans were denied rights. Gay people have continuously been discriminated against and even worse killed. Not to mention the well over 1000 documented inequalities that gay people must find ways to overcome (if at all possible) that married people possess.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM To So Sad said...

Heterosexual marriage is also a "choice". The two people CHOOSE to do this. Somehow this is offensive and is now equated to not understanding the struggle. Is there anything that doesn't offend those who support this choice????

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM a teacher said...

I'm so proud so we have kids like this in Wilson County. When people talk bad about kids these days don't believe them. With brave, intelligent young people like Cameron our future will be in good hands.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM family said...

Wonderful family! Good job Cameron. As Sotomayer said - dream big!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM To @hijack marriage said...

And therein lies the rub...what you and many others see as 'a behavior,' others see as a fundamental part of their identity. Hence, we go back to the debate of whether homosexuality is a conscious choice or whether it exists from birth. In either case, what harm does extending equal rights to everyone have on Christians' marriages? How would those who would deny these people's rights be harmed by such an action?

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM @to a simple answer.... said...

If you support gay unions/marriage, which you say you do, then why are you not voicing support for these Mormans and others that are making a movement to have polygomy recognized? Because it has been ruled illegal and a crime....
- Polygomy rests on the same premise that you and all the others rely on for recognition of gay partners to be able to marry. That premise being that if people love each other and wish to share their lives together then they should be able to marry. If it is ok for polygomy to be deemed illegal then your argument fails, because they love each other just as you do. So why are you not screaming out support for them???? Both rely on the EXACT SAME argument.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM Mary said...

Cameron knew she had two moms and so did most of Wilson way before she wrote her letter to the justices. So what is really the issue here? Does it really just bother some people that her family is actually valued and celebrated in Wilson.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM To to a simple answer said...

The simple answer is that the same rights would exist under a civil union IF a state legislated its legality. The point of a marriage is that at it's core, by it's definition, it is a union between a man and a woman. It was born from a gift that man be able to have woman and marry. If you feel the need to change the meaning of a word simply to conform to something you want flies in the face of tolerance and consideration for those who revere it's origin.
What's next, we remove the wording of Father and Mother from birth cirtificates and refer to them as "Parent 1" and "Parent 2"? Truly, we probably are not far from gay marriage proponents seeking that change so they don't appear different from others if a child happened to be adopted by gay partners and later looked at their birth certificate.
There should be a movement to outlaw surrogation so that life is not just seen as a monetary generator if/when this marriage/civil union issue moves forward. If and when that happens, the market will take full advantage and essentially sell that service in the equivalent of store fronts. You think that sounds crazy, it will happen. You can say some backwards conservative in a town that can't get a "Red Lobster" (who would want one and who can eat at that place anyway, consider us lucky if one doesn't come) said it first. I shutter for the furture generations.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM So sad said...

It is sad to see comments stating that being gay is a choice. I can assure you it is not. No one would want the hatred that is felt on a regular basis. So, the comparison between race and gay is a reality. If you think being gay is a choice then I assume you have romantic feelings or have had feelings for someone who is the same gender as you?

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM One man/One woman said...

To make something that has stood for thousands of years (marriage) into a civil rights issue all of a sudden for a small percentage of the population is just plain stupid! Don't care how you spin it either!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM Steve said...

I have been reading the very heated discussion. One thing I would like to address is the theme of religion and marriage that is an obvious undercurrent to much of the conversation. Marriage was not invented by christianity and in our country it is a legal contract. Many priests, reverends, preachers (or whatever you call your particular spiritual leader) are able to marry individuals in the church but they only do so through signing the legal contract for the city, county, state. Personally, I believe that God would be upset with so much arguing and bickering over love and family.
I also have read a couple of comments saying that people who want gay marriage are basically invading on the rights of others. A group of people who are treated differently under the law do not have the ability to invade someone elses rights. Minority rights are civil rights and majority very seldom want change because majority are the ones in power (political, religious, etc).
So, to say that gay marriage supporters are trying to force their life on a majority is not an accurate depiction because as a majority all you have to do is "change a television channel, turn the page in a newspaper, or leave a room" and you will be back in majority status. Even when gay marriage is a universal right it will not fundamentally change your own marriage just as interracial marriage did not change the majorities relationships.
May intelligent coversation continue and may people truly try to understand one another and not just try to "one up" an opinion they do not like.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM @hijack marriage said...

To equate the civil rights struggle of African Americans with the so called civil rights of gays is beyond ignorant! There's no comparison what so ever between what race you are and what conduct or behavior you engage in!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM To "hijack marriage" said...

So do you equate your separate but equal analysis to those who wish to marry more than one partner? No one seems to answer that while they all seem fine to hijack a marriage and apply it to those who are gay since they are "in love". If more than one person is "in love" then it should be ok then shouldn't it?
The whole bus argument is stupid. No one is saying that any right of yours is affected. Race and sex is NOT a choice, marriage or civil unions are. Again, your misinformed argument is taking an application based on people who had NO CHOICE verse an issue where there is choice. Still there is no one who has answered the other poster's question.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM Negative Comments said...

Seeing all these negative comments about Cameron and her parents reminds me that while Wilson is too small for a Red Lobster, its just the right size for a mental asylum. Live and let live, folks. Don't turn a positive story about an intelligent young person accomplishing something into a circus for short sighted hypocrites to vent their narrow minded views. There are better times and places for that.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM said...

This is a very nice family. May God bless you.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM 'hijack marriage" said...

I saw the "hijack marriage" comment a couple of times. Now this might be the same person writing or it may not. Either way the U.S. has already tried "Seperate but equal." It doesn't work. What's next - all gay people should ride the back of the bus? In order to be full citizens then full rights should be recognized.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM to a simple answer said...

Those who want polygamy to be legal are already fighting for it - they are Mormon, heterosexual sects. Lower courts are considering their lawsuits. Currently, those who want another relationship outside of or within a monogamous marriage either negotiate that with their spouse or do it on the side, which is dishonest and hurtful. Plenty of open heterosexual marriages exist - however, when it comes to benefits of health insurance/social security, etc, only the spouse and named dependent children are eligible. Of course, a lot of heterosexual men (and to a lesser extent, women) engage in what is referred to as serial marrige/monogamy (marry, divorce, remarry, divorce, etc).
Civil unions are not the equivalent of marriage. For example, tax laws and social security spousal/surviving spouse benefits are written to benefit only legally married couples (in federal tax and social security laws, the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA, prevents recognition of legal marriages where both spouses are of the same sex....we're talking thousands of legally wed American couples). Dependent children in families headed by a same-sex couple are also denied benefits (Cameron and others like her do have a stake in marriage equality). Many states only recognize one, not both, partners to have custody of a child (co-adoption is illegal in many states). If the named custodial parent dies, the child can be removed by court order from the surviving parent if the family challenges a will or other legal document. If the non-custodial parent dies, the surviving spouse and child receive no survivorship Social Security benefits. My cousin just lost her wife, who was in the National Guard, to breast cancer. They were a legally married same-sex couple in New Hampshire. The surviving spouse, my cousin, will get no Social Security survivor benefits or health insurance - which a heterosexual, legally married surviving spouse would get..so those serving to protect our country are denied protection of their families by that same country if they happen to be a same-sex, legally married couple. That is not a way to express gratitude to any soldier who's place her/his life on the line for our nation. This discrimination creates an entire class of citizens as "second-class". There is nothing fair or just about this. Several states that had legal civil unions (New Hampshire, for example) have realized that civil unions are not equal to marriage...it creates an unjust, inferior class distinction in a country that declares all are created equal.
I live half the year in a state that voted for marriage equality. I haven't felt "hijacked" in the least. And I don't know of anyone who expresses that feeling.
I should also add that I was married for ten years (outwardly appeared to others to be a heterosexual marriage) back in the 1970s. My spouse and I divorced, he re-married and he died fifteen years later. Even though I'm divorced, I receive a Social Security benefit of almost $1500 a month. I am legally considered a surviving spouse. That benefit started when I turned 60 - I can wait till I'm 66 or older to take my full social security benfit which will be a little bit more - but in the meantime, I am an example of one among millions of Americans who are rewarded for being heterosexually married (even if I'm not heterosexual...as I pretended to be for ten years).


Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM Sick said...

It makes me sick that people would compare a loving relationship to pedophiles. A loving relationship between two grown adults who enter the relationship is not about power and control as pedophilia. What's wrong with people to make this comparison especially since over 90 percent of pedophiles are heterosexual.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM To A Simple Answer said...

I am for marriage equality and I am gay. I have no opinion on people who want to marry more than one person. It is not an issue that affects me nor will it ever affect me. I do not pretend to know the legalities of such a marriage nor do I know the research on families such as this. Ultimately, your question is not one that is even related to marriage equality for all.

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM Bullies! said...

Bullies, bullies...leave this young lady and her beautiful family alone!! Shame on you!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM So proud! said...

My God is very proud of this young girl and her family and so am I!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM A Simple Answer said...

Why won't any of you who are for gay "marriage" andswer the question about what your position is on people who love more than ONE person. You say that gay "love" is just as genuine so it should be allowed to enjoy marriage, then so should not people who genuinely "love" more than one person be able to "marry" those they love?
It really is a simple question but one that no one in favor is answering.
Secondarily, can you answer why you have to hijack the word "marriage"? If you simply want equality, then wouldn't a "civil union" setting out the same rights as those men and women who are married traditionally be equality? If you truly respected other's views, then you would have no problem with that. But I think there is more to it than just wanting the same rights. Its forcing a belief is what this is about.
I am still waiting on the answer to the first question........

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:26 PM Matt Smith said...

Wow, such nastiness and vitriol coming my way. I said what I said with the utmost respect and we see which side the pure hatred is coming from! Who you love is truly your business, just don't change the definition of marriage!!! I think the all out assault on traditional marriage, when rights and benefits for partners can be achieved some other way, tells me there's another motive here. Maybe it's political (using the government to force everyone to be "equal") or maybe it's social (forcing acceptance and normalization on society). All I know is I truly meant no disrespect and have no hatred toward anyone! All the hate lies with you!

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM The Law said...

Based on this article I wonder when pedophilles behaviour will be legal?

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8:56 PM Proud of You said...

Way to go Cameron. We're proud of you!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM Question said...

For those who are for gay "marriage" why are you so insistent on hijacking the word "marriage" instead of a civil union?
Also, for those who are so for gay "marriage", what is your opinion on those who "love" more than one person and want to "marry" more than one other person? You'd have to be for it wouldn't you?
That'd clear it up for me and probably a lot of others.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM To @ To @ to Zac said...

That is where you are very wrong. Every state can define marriage as they see fit. Now just looking at Kagan and Sotomayor I can see where they would exceed all precedent and rule in an impermissible way on this issue. That being said, it is not an EP case as you keep trying to define it. I will leave it at that as you continue to make an argument based in individual interpretation, not law.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM @ Where is the father? said...

Did you know that Wilson County DSS is busy tending to neglected and abused children of heterosexual couples? How many kids of gay parents can you name that are serial killer, rapist, murders, etc...? Weakest argument of all time. President Obama and Bill Clinton were raised by single mothers and they both held the highest office in the USA. I would like to remind you that many great people have been raised by a grandparent, aunt, uncle, single mom or a single dad. This story tears at the fabric of your being and I am sorry for you. God bless this family and God bless her wonderful friends, classmates and teachers.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:52 PM to "said where's the father" said...

"Where's the father" - well, where's your mind? Like a parent's genitalia/reproductive organs/chromosomes matter to kids? Unbelievably perverse thought! Where did you ever get the idea that a particular set of genitalia/reproductive organs/chromosomes are a pre-requisite for parenting? Try this on for size: lots of parents where partners have differentiated genitalia/reproductive organs/gender chromosomes willfully abandon their offspring. Clearly, their genitalia/reproductive organs/chromosomes helped them breed, but offered no assistance in parenting. And thankfully, those abandoned kids often find loving adoptive parents in homes where genitalia/reproductive organs/gender chromosomes are irrelevant - be they same-gender or opposite-gender parents. Your comment is so ignorant and lacking in critical thinking skill! It suggests that the ability for a couple to breed is what legitimizes a parent. Furthermore, some kids in America have heterosexual parents where one parent is intersex (having reproductive organs and chromosomes that are not congruent, i.e. one parent has the chromosomes and/or reproductive organs commonly associated with the other gender). I guess you think they should not parent children? The ability of a couple to breed and the ability for a couple to parent are two entirely different things. I guess your parents never told you that.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:36 PM @ to Matt S. said...

There are some conversations that good hearted people do not want to have with their children simply because they choose to believe a certain way. That does not mean they are "my way or the highway" minded like you and all the others who scream for gay marriage. Some see it that the marriage defined by religion and granted to a man and woman should remain that. The argument could simply be that of another status, such a s a civil union, which accomplishes the same thing and gives the partners the same LEGAL rights as a married couple, without trouncing on those who hold true and revere their marriage rights as defined and given by Him.
Who here is the one being close minded and trampling on the rights of others without care? The one who will not allow those who have enjoyed marriage as a religious right between a man and a woman or the one who will bully their way and trash talk anyone opposed to their view until the definition of the word marriage is changed. Whats wrong with fighting for a civil union if you feel so strongly. I for one, would not want or teach my child that a marriage is between other than a man and a woman. I happen to be ok with a civil union as a functional equivalent if a state so legislates and would not have a problem. Just because one chooses to take a position of pro marriage between a man and woman does not mean they are mean hearted and definitely does not mean they bully their positions on others such as you expressly imply.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM Once again, said...

As I posted elsewhere ealier in the week, the message in this song is the truth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:33 PM @6:52 post said...

Thank God for Greenfield School because I am sure all the kids know how to spell the word Christian. Not only do they know how to spell the word, they know how to act the part! Cameron mentioned never being teased at Greenfield, what does that say to anyone with a Christian heart? Sir, you spelled the word wrong twice, thus I am assuming you don't even know how to spell the word and that it was not a typo.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM To @ Unreal said...

You made my point. The 2nd Amendment is an enumerated right derived from the natural right (man has no power to dispose - alienate) to protect ones self from harm or death.
What you are confusing is that the groups you speak of and equate to this argument do not attain their specific status characteristics by choice. Whereas marriage is entered into by a choice of two people. A person's race or sex is not something they choose so the rights you speak of are different and are not the same.
For the sake of argument, what if a person wanted to marry three people because they "loved" both equally? What about four people? There is a difference and if you change the religious and LEGAL definition of marriage to fit here, then you have to for those who want to marry multiple.


Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM @ Matt Smith said...

I to am reading these comments and thank you for your honesty and openness. Do not let the VERY few haters and narrow minded people get you down.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM Subscriber said...

I just would like to thank who ever at the WDT is allowing the comments to be posted so quickly and fostering such an open and honest discussion.
Thank You so very much.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:03 PM thanks to GOP progressives said...

Proud of Dick Cheney for his advocacy for marriage equality in Maryland! The people ruled in favor...thanks to bipartisan voices in the Free State. And thanks to the many congregations (Christian, Unitarian, Jewish) that set up phone banks to get Maryland voters to the polls in support of marriage equality. Now its time for DOMA to be done away with so that our legally married same-gender couples can enjoy the equal federal rights and benefits given to their heterosexual counterparts.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:03 PM said...

Great picture where is the father??

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM said...

Thank God for Wilson Christen and Community Christen School in Wilson.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM @ To @Zac said...

Wow. Someone is really not happy in this country now that it is obvious the GOP ideals must change if they ever expect to win a presidential election again. Someone's not happy that tides are turning! LOL Sorry but the Justices can decide to rule on Prop 8 and DOMA and apply across the nation as it will be evident that more and more lawsuits will be filed. As the UNITED STATES you can't have one state with equal rights and other states not have equal rights.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM to Matt S. said...

I hate to tell ya but you sound like someone who doesn't know how to parent. You sound scared because you might have to explain something to your own kid. I've raised mine and let me tell you there are gonna be lots of conversations that you won't know the answers to and your kids are gonna do and maybe even become something that you don't like or agree with. Doesn't mean you stop loving them or that you say they are less than. Time to step up to being a parent and ask yourself what if my kid is gay? You gonna disown them? You gonna run from it and blame them instead of just lovin them? Step up Matt, step up!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM @Unreal said...

First, it is impressive that a child wants her voice heard regarding her family. So many conservatives (political and religious) continuously state that gays and lesbians parents would harm children. This article shows that is not the case (not to mention the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association have provided research supporting the parenting of gays and lesbians).
Second,the 2nd Amendment is not a civil right. This is about equality for a minority population in the U.S. So, really you are unfairly comparing two seperate concepts that do not have any business being compared.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM to Matt Smith said...

Dear Matt,
Most Americans no longer believe that homosexuality is abnormal, but rather atypical (which is why marriage equality is not problematic for the majority of Americans). Now, does that make your belief system in regard to sexuality, abnormal or atypical? It is certainly no longer the norm.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM To @Zac said...

Just like every other liberal wrecking this country with uninformed, uneducated and misguided understanding of the law, the USSCT is not a legislative body and can only make narrowly tailored decisions. Now that we have unqualified, agendized justices, such as Roberts and Kagan and Sotomayor, who were only appointed to the position to further an agenda, and not for their qualifications and understanding of the Court's power and the Constitution you probably will get your wish and these justices will legislate form the bench.
I say this and John Roberts, who is unqualified, legislated the most agregiously from the bench. He ruled Obamacare unConstitutional, but then legistlated by saying I am going to determine it is a tax and decide it is permissible. He can't do that, but he did. Unreal that Kagan, who architected and advocated from the healthcare legislation when she was employed by the government chose NOT to recuse herself from hearing the arguments. That would be like representing Ford in the tire case with Firestone, then getting appointed as judge and ruling on same.
The twin creature of Kagan and Sotomayor will do the same. He may go down as the worst justice ever when history looks back, although the twin Obama apointees have not really had a chance to take a full at bat and put a stamp of their own legislative efforts from the bench through their decisions. It is unreal what this honorable bench has turned in to. The days of the Marshalls and Scalias and Kennedys and Warrens are over. It is now simply a vehicle to advance a particular agenda.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM To Brainwashed said...

So, when a married man and woman is unable to biolgocially have children then they should not be married and thus no rights? Following your logic then this is would be true.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM @ Brainwashed and Matt Smith said...

To Brainwashed - all I can say is that you also have been brainwashed to believe that hetersexual marriage is the only type of love, commitment, and family. Again, this shows how individuals are afraid of what they do not know or understand.
Matt Smith,your views are not normal to many people. So it is ok for you to want to limit the rights of many? These lack of rights will hurt families and children. I am willing to bet you would have used the same argument when it became legal for african americans and white people to marry and have children. Your belief is yours to have but instead of being inclusive you choose to be hurtful. If you work with children then shame on you for propogating hate and ignorance in the name for what you (one person) "believes is normal."

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:26 PM Republican said...

“When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has". Laura Bush in support of same-gender marriage.


Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM @ Zac said...

You are not wrong regarding what is being disputed. However, I for one hope the Supreme Court will make a WIDE sweep of a ruling regarding LGBT equality. In their decision as well as their wording they have the power to do so. Sadly, they will probably have a narrow decision. But on the off chance they give a wide sweeping decision then a change is definitely coming!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM Matt Smith said...

@alyr, I respectfully disagree that there are no remaining arguments against "marriage equality". Yes I am a Christian, yes I am as imperfect as they come and no I'm not afraid to identify myself as you can see . I'll even go as far to say that I once worked with Susan Myers serving at-risk youth so I have no doubt about her commitment to children. With that being said, I'll state my objection to "marriage equality" as respectfully as I can. The simple fact of the matter is I have never, ever, ever had either of my sons come to me and ask, "why do we have a mother and a father?”. Nor have I ever felt a responsibility to sit my children down and explain it to them. That's because marriage between a man and a woman is the way it was meant to be, and much to the displeasure of those that are quick to persecute Christians, the way it was meant by God. Now, I wonder if same sex parents can honestly say they've never been confronted with this issue, either being asked by a child why they have two parents of the same gender or feeling a responsibility to explain it to them at some point. Therein lies the problem for me. If we change marriage to include same sex couples are we then not saying to everyone, including children of heterosexual parents, that it’s normal when we know it’s not? My objection rests simply with my rights as a natural parent to raise my kids without worry that something that I know and believe is not normal will be forced upon them as something that is normal.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM Brainwashed said...

This young lady has been misguided because she does not know any better. She has lived with these two and thinks it is the right thing to do. Sad world we are living in. Why did God create man and woman? Two of the same sex cannot reproduce.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM Unreal said...

That these parents would allow their child to be thrust into their fight. Wonder if this would be viewed as the same kind of liberating and refreshing story if someone wrote a story about a child who spoke up in support of the 2nd Amendment? Would it be attributed to the school? I somehow doubt it, which makes it very sad.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM @ T Barnes said...

Wilson NC is indeed a great small city. Cameron would have never felt the confidence to speak out if Wilson was not full of good, kind and enlightened people.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM @ Zac said...

You are deeply embedded under a very large (most likely Fox News) if you don't see that this nation is headed in the right direction related to gay rights. I suggest you check out another news source.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM @Jean said...

Perhaps there is a reason you are single. Bitter, party of one, your table is ready. Christian Mingle might be a good option for you. Haters in the name of Jesus Christ are the worst sinners.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM Thanks Cameron said...

One would think conservative religious folks would get it...the more they cry, "Shame, shame" in an attempt to intimidate and silence lgbt people, our families and straight allies, the more courage we have to speak up. That's really what troubles and greatly frustrates conservatives...they are fast losing their ability to exert power and control over people who are different than they in terms of sexual identity. They use God and their doomsday bible quotes to defend themselves, thinking that will somehow end their sky from falling. For the rest of us, we look up and see a rainbow in the sky and know the sky's not falling at all. Same-gender marriage has been in existence for a quarter of a century in the western hemisphere and for a decade in America. The world still turns and conservative religious folks are looking more like something out of a fairytale (Chicken Little) than followers of Jesus. Homosexuality is not unnatural, it is simply atypical (like red hair, left-handedness, etc). The attempts at shaming lgbt people and our families/friends are simply bullying tactics, rooted in heterosexism (the belief, biblical or otherwise, that everyone is or should be heterosexual...with status, rights, and privilege awarded to those who conform to this heterosexist expectation and punishment, lack of privilege and status reserved for all those who don't conform). I'm excited to be living in this time of change for the better.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM Response to CommonCents said...

I'm surprised that you think LGBT issues are everywhere. I don't see many stories out there if I am not looking for them.
Child Development research shows that a childs personality is set by the age of 5 years old. Thus it is easy to ascertain that Cameron's parents are having a wonderful impact on her life. Also, Cameron has acknowledged that she feels her parents love. How many 6th graders can say that about their parents? How many 6th graders can verbally acknowledge and articulate their desires for their family to be equal?
Individuals who are not supportive want LGBT stories to be kept to themselves because it allows those same people to go on hating an idea and not an actual person/family. I think it is time for our society to take a long look at what is a loving and supportive relationship.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM Conservative said...

I am a conservative Christian. I support you Cameron and your mothers. My church is also supportive. You can't pick and choose what you believe from the Bible. The main thing we should take away is to love one another as we do ourselves; which includes the right to a legal family as we have the right to have. Some religious people are giving Christians a bad name.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM Glad said...

I am glad to know Cameron and her moms. They are true inspriations. I'm straight but I definitely can tell a loving relationship and a loving family when I see one! Good job Cameron!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM @ T Barnes said...

I understand where you are coming from T Barnes but Wilson is actually a lovely town. There are a few jerks that keep posting negative stuff over and over. It mirrors the letters to the editor as the same 4 or 5 keep writing negative letters and the entire town just knows to skip to the next page.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM said...

Good job Cameron!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM to alyr said...

First, let me say I hate no one. I have my opinions and you have yours. I do not agree with name calling. Everyone has the right to believe or not believe anything they want, but to say " Common sense people are NOT HAVING IT and will humiliate you all to be the ones in the closet with your hate and controlling opinions." God hates no one, but it sounds like you do. Because someone does not agree with your opinion they should be in the closet. Think about that for a moment.
This young lady has received her 15 minutes of fame and I admire her for taking a stand for what she believes in even if in my opinion she is misquided. That's what makes America great.
Forgive, love, and move on.


Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM Paul's letters said...

Corinthians and Romans are letters to people made by a man. Jesus did say love one another as I have loved you.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM alyr said...

There are NO remaining arguments against marriage equality in the entire world, including and ESPECIALLY the US, land of the FREE. People are resorting to quoting bibles or insulting people about being cows and going to "clubs" last night. Grow up. How about YOU identify yourselves so we can examine YOUR lives?
The religious zealots with ridiculous claims will disappear through attrition anyway. Common sense people are NOT HAVING IT and will humiliate you all to be the ones in the closet with your hate and controlling opinions.
It's only a matter of time. If the court does not find for marriage equality, the next generation will do so through state initiatives. Even if your Christianity claims were valid, not everyone is required to buy into it simply by being a citizen here.
The anti equality uninformed cannot refute common sense. It's not possible to CHOSE your orientation as some of you now submit to the new excuse "God rejects the sin not the sinner so just shut up and live a single, lonely life with no spouse or family". Uh, NO, got it?

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM John said...

Find out why same-sex "marriage" is wrong.
http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incorrect/homosexuality/10-reasons-why-homosexual-marriage-is-harmful-and-must-be-opposed.html

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM T Barnes said...

Way to go Cameron - remember that certain "Christians" will always render judgment although the Bible forbids it. It's a convenient little way to hide behind hate. What a nasty little town to be stuck in....

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM to obvious said...

Only because you write comment after comment do not assume everyone else does as well!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM to jean said...

First, you are talking about Paul's letters to specific groups of jewish people who were living in heavy populated nonjewish areas of the world. These letters talk about the jewish people setting themselves apart from those in the region. The readings are about those who go against what is natural to them so if a gay person sleeps with someone of the opposite gender than they are sinning because this is not how God created them.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM Similar Posts said...

In reading these posts it seems that a very few are responding often in apparent support of this article. There is too much mention of the school for it to to be the same few replying over and over again. This has nothing to do with the school. Curious as to why these few keep tring to steer it that way. Just an observation.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM @ Julia Newton said...

Ditto

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM Zelda said...

You got a mean Jesus.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM @ To Jean said...

A few things
1st. Jesus does not speak of homosexuality however no were does he speak of bestiality ether but I think it is pretty safe to assume he would be against it.
2nd 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
(1 Cor. 11:8–9)For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man
(Romans 1:26-27)26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
(Jude 7)7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
In closing I would like to leave with a thought
Yes, Jesus was "inclusive." I believe this means that he loved everybody but he did not accept everybody's lifestyle. He criticized the Pharisees for their self-righteousness and the Herodians for their corrupt politics. As well, he criticized the woman taken in adultery for her immorality. By implication, Jesus also criticized the Woman at the Well in John 5 for her lifestyle. Jesus showed the love of God to all, he did not endorse all lifestyles and all forms of sexual conduct.
In a college class many years ago my professor gave this example and I have never forgotten it.
A man with partial vision who says, "My calling before God is to drive a truck" must be told, "My dear friend, we love you, and we are very sorry that your sight is weak. We understand that you think you are called by God to drive a truck, but we cannot allow you to do so. The danger of your hurting others is too great."
I believe the homosexual must be loved and encouraged by the Christian community but should not be held up as an approved model to be emulated.I will not respond again and I will give you the last word. I have answered your questions as you asked. I pray you will take the time to reflect on this information.
Jean

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM Obvious said...

It is very obvious that 2 or 3 people are posting in defense of this article and people. You can tell by the frequency of the writers and their styles. Nice try girls. Did the club/party open late last night?LOL

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM hey said...

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM Barbara said...

Greenfield could not have paid for better positive publicity. Who would not want to send their child to a school where EVERYONE despite their differences are treated with dignity and respect. Everyone sees the academic success of Greenfield on a regular basis, but this child's remarks about never being teased addresses the humanity of the students, teachers and the staff.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM said...

Two cows mooing summed it up best

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM CommonCents said...

Good for them! It is not like this is the first gay couple who has fought for marriage rights in the state. I just don't understand why I have to see this all over the place. I mean I don't go around saying I'm straight and telling everyone in the news. I am glad they are great parents but there is one part in this story that I question. At first the story makes it out like the parents have nothing to do with this letter and then they say how they take her to these gay rights rallies. This is brainwashing and of course she is going to speak up and be active after being in strange situations like those and seeing how fired up her parents and everyone else is. She is only a sixth grader, how does anyone know how their parenting has affected her yet? Just keep it to yourselves!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM Awesome said...

Love, love, love this article! Great job to a young lady who is standing up for what she believes in. Great job at proving "all you need is love!" Cameron - I stand with you and your moms!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM Zac said...

Sotomayor is actually the fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O'Conner, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Elena Kagen are the others. Sotomayor is one of three currently serving.
And the DOMA challenge is only to section 3, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages. Section 2 allows states not to recognize same sex marriages from other states, but that's not being directly challenged.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:34 AM @ BTJ said...

Looks to me like this young lady does have family values. She values her family. You are now the minority on this issue and this child has the right to speak about her family. This issue has nothing to do with religion. It is about a family's constitutional rights. Looks like they also know the value of a good education by sending her to Greenfield School.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM Another Greenfield Republican said...

Proud of you!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM LB said...

I would venture a guess that if this child was doing poorly that it would be blamed on having gay parents. This child makes excellent grades at a private school know for academic excellence. She is a star player for a local travel soccer team. She is also trying out for the Olympic Development Soccer program. She gave a speech before 200 plus people at Barton College last year (something that many adults are not confident enough to do)and it was awesome! She collected 200 soccer balls and sent them to kids in Liberia. So, do her parents get any credit? Hmmm? Way to go Cameron. Be proud of who you are today and everyday! Greenfield loves you!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM Wilson support said...

I suppose this article struck a nerve with some as it proves their "theory" wrong. Child of gay couple "doing great". If there is one single passage that mentions homosexuality in the bible, please quote exactly where it is listed. The word homosexuality is not mentioned at all in the bible.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM To Fact said...

Excellent! I read this as well! I am glad the American Sociological Association studied same gender parenting and published their findings!
I'm not surprised by the Regnerus study being flawed by methology considering where his grant money was coming from as well as the fact that he was comparing apples to oranges (single parents to married parents) with a sample size that statistically would not provide relevent data. But by following the money I am not surprised this was his outcome. Much like a "binder full of women." All smoke and mirrors!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM @Greenfield Republican said...

I could not agree more. Greenfield is the total package and Cameron is a very fortunate child as her parents care enough to give her the BEST education! The students are kind, caring, and they know better than to judge others.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM Hero said...

Cameron is a hero in the making. Writing the Supreme Court is a smart thing to do to have your voice heard!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM To Cameron said...

Good job! We support you!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM To Cameron said...

You are a special young lady and I see a wonderful future ahead for you. Bravo and job well done.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM Greenfield Republican said...

We send our child to Greenfield and we love the school! A well rounded academic, social, and athletic experience! My child knows Cameron and her family and loves them dearly! Great parents, great child, and GREAT school!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM Fact said...

The American Sociological Association, the national professional organization for sociologists in the United States, has just weighed in on the challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. In a friend-of-the-court brief outlining the social science research into same-sex parenting, the ASA states that "children fare just as well" when raised by same-sex or opposite-sex parents.
In a press release posted to the organization's website, ASA President Cecilia Ridgeway says:
The results of our review are clear. There is no evidence that children with parents in stable same-sex or opposite-sex relationships differ in terms of well-being. Indeed, the greater stability offered by marriage for same-sex as well as opposite-sex parents may be an asset for child well-being.
The brief authoritatively dismantles the claims made by opponents of marriage equality -- including the GOP-led House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, the National Organization for Marriage and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- that same-sex marriage harms children, and that kids "do better with a mother and a father":
When the social science evidence is exhaustively examined -- which the ASA has done -- the facts demonstrate that children fare just as well when raised by same-sex parents. Unsubstantiated fears regarding same-sex child rearing do not overcome these facts and do not justify upholding DOMA and Proposition 8.
This brief is additionally significant because it specifically calls out and repudiates, over and over again, and by name, the junk-science "study" of gay parenting that was published last year by University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus, an ASA member. The study, funded by $785,000 of NOM-linked money, claimed that kids raised by gay and lesbian parents "are more likely than kids in other family structures to be on public assistance, unemployed or in therapy as adults, among other negative outcomes." Regnerus even claimed that his research proved that married opposite-sex parents represent a "gold standard" for family structure.
The study was widely discredited for its flawed methodology, its wildly inaccurate conclusions and its alleged partiality. Nonetheless, it has been breathlessly touted by the anti-gay right as evidence justifying their opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Many of the Supreme Court briefs filed by equality opponents rely on the Regnerus study, but the American Sociological Association -- Regnerus' own professional organization -- has just demolished those arguments.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM To Just Sayin'... said...

A cheap trick to try to compare two consenting adults who choose to be in a loving relationship with pedophilia, bestiality, and necrophilia. Let's take a moment and state this again, "two adults who choose to be in a loving relationship." This relationship is nothing like one of power, rape, or mental sickness (unless you now know better than experts in pyschology and sociology). Also, homosexuality may be unnatural to you but I am sure opposite gender relationships is unnatural to gays and lesbians. Again, let us remember that this relationship is between two consenting adults with a inspiring and well adjusted daughter.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM twice as nice said...

What could be better than having 1 mom. 2 moms! Love to Cameron!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM Mind made up said...

Greenfield is where my child will attend school. We have made up our minds. Academic Excellence as well as a nurturing environment for all the children. Cameron is indeed a lucky girl. In a world full of hate it is so refreshing to see a story about love.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM To Jean said...

First, please enlighten me on where the New Testament and Jesus speaks clearly on homosexuality? Please provide me with the author, chapter, and verse. Something tells me you won't be able to. Second, for you to assume you know what God wants shows your own ignorance. So, I guess what I'm saying is that I support the statement, "Jean, get a grip."

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM Thank you Cameorn said...

Great job Cameorn! You are a wondeful young lady. So, the church can go on and on and on about how gay marriage will hurt children and the family, BUT, when an actual gay family proves them wrong it is using the child for political purposes. Yes, I said proves them WRONG! This is a story about a child of gay parents who is excelling. This is a story about a child of gay parents that loves her family and does not understand why the beliefs of one person would hinder her family's protection under the federal law. Obviously her family has different beliefs. Who are you to say what belief trumps the other?

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM Using children? said...

Really? People are stating that the parents are using Cameron? Please, I seem to remember many conservatives stating that children raised by same sex parents will be harmed by them. Uhm, I believe this story proves that thought wrong. More than that weren't you conservative christians using children (and used wrongly especially when you look at all the studies)? How does God feel about hypocrites?

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM Kudos Cameron said...

Good for Cameron to speak her mind about her family! Most kids her age are ashamed of their parents. Speaks volumes.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM Wonderful school said...

Greenfield school is a wonderful school and the students, faculty and staff are a cut above! Perhaps that is way this wonderful young lady has never experienced bullying. The parents, teachers, administration and the students are enlightened.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM Just sayin' said...

What else is the child going to profess? She is in a family of lesbians. This is another reason there should be no government allowance of same-sex marriages. The children are being brought up to believe that same-sex marriages are acceptable. However, same-sex relationships are just as unnatural as pedophilia, bestiality, and necrophilia. Should a child be brought up by a man "married" to a goat? Or a dead body? The child needs to be removed from the sick situation by social services, counseled, and placed in a stable, heterosexual family.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM Jean said...

For the record just because you go to a church does not make it a church that is excepted by God. The bible (new testament) is very clear about children and Homosexuality. So dear you need to read your Bible. For you to even think that you know what God inspired shows how foolish you and your kind are.For you to think you can even begin to understand or contemplate what God thinks also shows your arrogance. I will Pray for you.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:55 PM also to government schools said...

Glad the public schools "teached" you in grammar. In your next life, do try a private school.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM to Jean said...

Jean, get a grip. There are thousands upon thousands of children living in families headed by a same-gender couple. There are thousands of churches that welcome all families, including those like Cameron's. I attend one of them and have connections with several others. Some families like Cameron's are in my family. So with all due respect, shame on you, my dear. See a therapist, get over it, move on and pray for a lifestyle of love before you stress out over your hateful views and your health suffers. And while you're at it, study up on the beautiful stories of young children who've gotten involved in a myriad of social justice issues. Think of the 14 year old Pakistani girl who stood up for education. She's inspired countless others around the world to rally for her concerns. When I was Cameron's age, my church youth group was doing racial justice work in Washington, DC - and our parents backed us 100%! God decided a little child might inspire us to love...how bout trying that out?

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM Republican said...

SHAMELESS, how Democrats use children as puppets!!!!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM Joke said...

How in the heck could this report be anything other than shock factor. There is no news here...Misguided person on supreme court sends letter to another misguided person. It's like two cows mooing at each other.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM Jean said...

Using a child to promote an agenda SHAME ON YOU.Just shows those that live this lifestyle will use what ever means and people to get what they want I am also pretty sure she is not old enough to or mature enough to understand what this debate all entails and if she has been told by these parents then she has been robbed of her childhood. SHAME!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM to government schools said...

I'm assuming you went to a public school. Thank you for making a strong argument for private schools! Way to go Cameron!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:55 PM Got peace like a river said...

I live part-time in one of the states where the people voted for marriage equality. Life goes on and I generally run into happy people everywhere. Takes time for some people to adapt to change, but by and by, the nay-sayers will move on and their children will one day wonder what the fuss was all about.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM Government Schools said...

This is what our children are being teached instead of science and math.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:40 PM Bless you Cameron! said...

Way to go, Cameron. When I was your age, I was doing social justice work in Washington, DC, on race-relationships. Nevermind what others say about using a child...maybe they forget that the God they love used a little child. And the Bible says, "A little child shall lead them." Among my siblings and extended family, there are several same-sex couples that also include beautiful children like you. I also have many friends and people in my church family who are same-sex couples. I am honored to live in the same community with you...you are such a courageous and honest young woman! I am so very proud of you and your wonderful family. Keep smiling and loving and doing what you believe is right. I appreciate Justice Sotomayor's words, "Dream Big".

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM BTJ has spoken said...

This is not your definition
of a family I guess you are
God.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM Wilsonian said...

What a smart and brave young lady. Great job!

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 8:48 PM oh well said...

A shame this is news

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 7:43 PM KT said...

@twindad: "I don't care what they say this is NOT the definition of a real family!!"
How are they any different from any other? How? Leave them alone!


Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 7:35 PM To those against said...

I am not sure what you are reading. I read a story about parents who are raising a wonderful daughter! Good luck to you in your quest for equal rights!

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 6:18 PM Equality for All said...

Great article! First and foremost equality for all people has nothing to do with where parents send there children. It does have everything to do with the rights that same-gendered parents in families do NOT possess (well over 1000 rights are well documented). Second, a high achiever such as Cameron does reflect on the family unit and the support she receives. Anyone can be smart and make high grades but individuals who also have done as much as Cameron at such a young age is evident that her parents both challenge and support her. Whet I hope is that Federal Government steps in and grants equality for all because it is evident that majority should never vote on minority.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 6:17 PM Jean said...

As a Straight Christian female the only problem I see is homosexual lesbians. I guess when you get desperate you try to put a child's face on it to win the PR fight. Love has nothing to do with it. Love them all you want I love them to but that does not make it right. As Christians it is our responsibility to try to have everyone turn from their sinful ways ( me included ) and live the life God wants us to live. I can not believe that Greenfield Schools Board has allowed this to be taken on their property. I know many who are conservative parents that have their children attending there. I am pretty sure they would not have wanted this to be linked to the school. It makes one wonder after the new Headmaster has taken over and settled in what direction is this school going.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 5:57 PM Bravo Cameron said...

This child has two great parents who are rearing her to be responsible, more than I can say for some parents I know. Bravo, Cameron, for standing up for your rights. Your parents should be proud.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 4:23 PM To What said...

What is hypocritical about wanting to give your child the best education possible. It makes a lot more sense than the illogical thinking of the alternative which forces students to go as slow as the slowest students and refuses to allow AP classes for fear that its "not fair" to the slower kids and might hurt their feelings. What a shame. We educate, if you call it that, more like indoctrinate our children based on it wanting to hurt some kids feeling.
I guess we shouldn't keep score in athletic events and that everyone should play. After all its only "fair."
I guess you know firsthand about that "expensive school" and have some conclusions based off that firsthand knowledge. How much does it cost since you act like you know. Whatever, the price it's a steal based on the alternative and what all you have to deal with in those classrooms.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 4:19 PM The Truth said...

In our nation's debates over gay rights, I know what side love is on...

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 3:38 PM Rick Mitchell said...

Yes, her speaking out is beautiful, as is her family. They speak for so many of us -- and not the negative comments of those who react out of fear and not love. Thank you, Cameron, Sotomayor, Samantha, and Greenfield School! :-)

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 3:35 PM Sarah, Geoff and Grace said...

Beautiful story, beautiful girl, beautiful family. Anyone who knows this family knows that they are the kindest, most generous and thoughtful people I have ever met. Susan and Sheila are raising a fabulous young lady who will do BIG THINGS in this world.
To those who post hateful comments about them - you should be ashamed of yourselves. They didn't ask for your opinion, and they sure don't need your approval. They are asking for equal rights under the law - not to attend your bigoted church with it's antiquated values. They are not raising a child to use as propaganda for an agenda - they are raising a young lady who questions when things are unfair, unjust, unequal and to stand up to those who create the inequities.
Which side of history will you stand on? I know where my family stands - proudly beside them!!!

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 2:48 PM Times are changing said...

My feeling is that when
this State finds banning
gay marriage hits them in
the pocketbook from the loss
of new international business
relocating here
and increased legal costs to
defend the feeling that
marriage is just between the
opposite sex,the State will
change this archaic notion.
To ban same sex marriage is
unconstitutional.
Good luck Cameron and stay the
course for your parent's right
to marry.


Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 1:39 PM Julia Newton said...

I am very proud of Cameron and her parents. As Americans we have a choice: whine about a problem, or step up and try to do something about it. I support Cameron's parents' commitment to each other, and I commend them on raising a bright, caring, and well-spoken child.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 1:38 PM Samantha said...

Beautiful! Beautiful people, living their lives in spite of the ugly things people say in comments, hiding their ignorance and hate behind anonymity. Those parents are raising their daughter to be a wonderful addition to humanity... open minded, honest and believing that her actions will lead to positive change!

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 12:29 PM Pitiful said...

I have seen people play the race card but not the child card. This is a first for me and yes T-dad you make a VERY good point about the school.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 12:11 PM Bravo! said...

What a wonderful girl! Such integrity and courage at such a young age. Our world would be better off with a lot more people like her. Congratulations to her parents for instilling her with good values and a loving heart.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 11:38 AM LD California said...

Well done Cameron! You count. Your family counts. I am sure your parents will get the same federal recognition they need and deserve this year.
Another wonderful American family.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 11:37 AM Good job said...

Cameron - sounds like to me your parents are raising you to a bright young woman who will follow her dreams. Keep up the good work young lady.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 11:17 AM twindad said...

This article is a great reminder that political and social issues really boil down to human beings. However flawed and misguided we may think other human beings may be on certain issues, we must treat others as we ourselves want to be treated when we are the ones who are in error. This little girl and her parents will never "see the light" concerning their lifestyle choice if folks simply try to beat them over the head with how wrong they are. Love against wins!
The fact that Greenfield School is willing to be such a obvious part of this story (including photo being taken at the center of their campus) says a lot about Greenfield School.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 10:06 AM Susan Webb said...

What a brilliant young woman.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 9:47 AM BTJ said...

I'm so sick of this crap. It's no wonder todays children are so screwed up. There's no family values left. I don't care what they say this is NOT the definition of a real family!!

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 9:14 AM Twist said...

Way to go, Ms. Myers, maybe the adults who support these laws will grow up. Good luck!

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 9:13 AM leroy said...

this breaks my heart to see such a poor misguided child. her parents should be ashame of the job they have done

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 7:46 AM What?? said...

You want equality under the law but you send the child to a expensive private school!! Wow look at the hypocrisy in that.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 7:23 AM correction said...

My first post said she did not write to all of the court. I was wrong and hit the send button before I corrected it. My mistake but I still think the children should not get involved in political things.

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