|Matthew, photo by The Providence Journal|
This week, 12-year-old Matthew testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of Rhode Islanders for Marriage about being raised by gay parents.
"If you came to our house, you would feel the love that we have for one another.
We laugh a lot, we talk a lot about our feelings, we argue, and we are real.
Having gay parents has changed my life for the better.
I am more aware, I am more sensitive to differences in the world, and I am much more accepting.
Having gay marriage won't change our family, but it will change the way that our state and other people see our family - as normal, just like everyone else."