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Video: Yes, let's protect children. We'll start with Ethan

by Jeremy Hooper

If you don't find this adorable, then you are made of stone:

America's Youngest Gay Rights Activist: 9-Year-old Ethan McNamee [Towle]

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Your thoughts

I love it because he knows what's RIGHT.

I hate it because I know the Far-RIGHT will use it as a way to scream indoctrination.

Bless this kid.

What's that old Whitney Houston song lyric? "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way."

Posted by: Taylor | May 18, 2009 2:58:44 PM

The cute! There is so much of it!
Also, it's kids like this who give me hope for the future. Rock on, little man!

Posted by: Claire | May 18, 2009 3:02:25 PM

<3 He's adorable!

Posted by: Clicky the Fox | May 18, 2009 4:20:25 PM

Yes, he's adorable and all but I can't help but think about how annoyed I get when I see people on the other side of the issue using their kids in exactly the same fashion. I don't think either instance is OK.

Posted by: Lionel L. | May 18, 2009 6:11:46 PM


I completely agree that using kids for cheap emotional appeal is deplorable no matter what the side. However, from what I can see, this kid actually seems to be concerned about the issue, and I don't think it's right to tell a nine year-old to stop standing up for what he believes in just because he's nine. Kids can be a lot smarter and more aware than people give them credit for.

Posted by: Patrick | May 18, 2009 8:59:10 PM

I won't be surprised if conservatives made a commercial to deny gay marriage by spinning this as a example of how kids are being taught gay marriage.

Posted by: Jeff Chang | May 18, 2009 10:22:33 PM

Ethan is my hero!

Posted by: John Ozed | May 19, 2009 11:37:42 AM

LIONEL, from the story I read, this was all Ethan's idea. Apparently the story of the policeman pushing a glass in a gay man's face last summer affected him. He probably started asking questions and ...

Posted by: LOrion | May 19, 2009 11:58:42 AM

If this boy is the face of the future, it gives me great hope.

Posted by: Jon | May 19, 2009 3:44:57 PM

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