Our New Hero: Teen Madison Galluccio Asks NJ To Let Her Gay Dads Marry

By: Julie Gerstein / February 3, 2012

Gay marriage is a hot-button issue, but its reach goes far beyond simply the same-sex couples who wish to be joined in matrimony. It also affects their kids. Like 15-year-old Madison Galluccio, who gave a heartfelt speech this week to New Jersey lawmakers in an effort to push forth same-sex marriage rights. As Galluccio so eloquently explains, laws preventing her dads John and Michael Galluccio from marrying stigmatize. “I shouldn’t have to be forced to feel like I’m different. This is my family, and I want us to be able to have the same rights as you. So NJ, please give me my freedom.” Thanks in part to Galluccio’s testimony and that of other same-sex marriage-proponents, the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act passed the New Jersey State Assembly 5-2. [Towleroad]