Mason Marriott-Voss is a 16-year-old high school student from Texas. He looks and sounds like any other 16-year-old who has been raised in a loving, nurturing family. But Mason and his family are akin to second-class citizens in Texas, because Mason has two moms.
Marriott-Voss has been speaking about his family since he was at least 10, where he talked about his moms at a rally in Austin. Back then, in 2008, Mason pointed out that “traditional” families, those with one mom and one dad, only make up 23 percent of American families, and that “weird” families, like his are actually in the majority.
Now, Marriott-Voss is speaking out for marriage equality in Texas. Federal District Court Judge Orlando Garcia struck down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage last February. But current Texas attorney general, and incoming governor, Greg Abbott, appealed the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court. That court has scheduled arguments for January 9, 2015.
In this two minute speech, given at the LBJ Presidential Library earlier in December, Marriott-Voss talks about his “subversive” family, and how having two moms makes his family so much different than others. He mentions his sister, who is a straight A student in middle school, and loves “The Hunger Games” and “Gossip Girl.” He also speaks of his brother, who believes that wearing a “Yoda Santa hat” will help Austin have a white Christmas. He talks of his own girlfriend, who he has been with for over a year. And of course, he mentions his mothers, who, he says, are “too busy helping us with finals to be eroding society right now.”
Texas is the largest remaining state with a same-sex marriage ban in place. Observers think that it is on very shaky ground, despite an incoming group of newly-elected Republicans who are more hostile than ever to marriage equality. Every circuit court that has ruled on same-sex marriage bans has overturned them, save for the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit, which means that the question of marriage equality will eventually wind up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hear what Mason Marriott-Voss has to say about his family in this awesome video via YouTube:
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