Last week, after five hours of testimony, the Judiciary Committee of the New Jersey General Assembly approved legislation in favor of gay marriage. On February 13, the full state Assembly will vote on that legislation. Known-pickle Governor Chris Christie will then see the bill on his desk if the full Assembly approves it. The star of the Assembly committee meeting was 15 year old Madison Galluccio, adopted daughter of Jon and Michael Galluccio, whose speech you can hear after the jump.
BTW, the Galluccios also wrote a book about their fight for same-sex adoption in 2002 called “An American Family“. New Jersey was the first state in the union to allow same-sex adoption in 1997.
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Here’s the transcript of Madison’s speech, courtesy of The Gothamist:
I do have to say that New Jersey has made me feel discriminated, like I’m some sort of outcast. But guess what New Jersey? I’m no outcast. I am Madison Galluccio, and I am part of the Galluccio family. My parents will be married, and I will make sure that this happens till the day that I die. So please, will you help me? Help me feel equal. We aren’t different. I’m not different. And 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.
If New Jersey were to legalize gay marriage, they would be only the seventh state in the union, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont – plus Washington DC, and even Oregon’s Coquille and Washington state’s Suquamish Indian tribes. Oh snap!
I don’t want to ruin the ending of all of this for you, but I’ve got a time machine, and I’ve traveled to the future. I’ll start you off but I won’t tell you the end: eventually, the United States ends up not giving a sh*t about gay marriage and focuses on bigger issues like why the hell so many people don’t have jobs. Also, I’ve traveled farther into the future – more people ended up having jobs because there needed to be more ministers, more officiants, more flower shops, more decorators, more pianists, more caterers and more waiters because there were more gay weddings. Also, the economy was brought out of crisis by all of the taxes and fees paid from same-sex marriage paperwork (and all the money saved from the lack of publicly-funded gay-marriage court appeals). I mean, I don’t want to full-on ruin the ending for you, but I think you’re going to be pleased with how it all works out.
Best of luck to Jon, Michael, Madison, Adam and Rosa Galluccio from 8BitDad!