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Grace Evans

Grace Evans, 11-year-old child: Saint Paul, Minnesota

On March 12, 2013, Grace Evans an 11-year-old child, testified before the Minnesota House Committee on Civil Law in support of natural marriage. When her turn came, she took the microphone in a room full of adults and said that if it takes a man and a woman to make a baby, then it should take a man and woman to raise them.  “If you change the law so two moms or two dads can get married, it would take away something very important for children like me across the state,” she told the committee.  Kids learn different things from parents of both genders, Grace told them, and “God made it that way.”  She explained to the lawmakers that her mother “is her role model on how to be a girl, and I love her very much.  My dad is also very important to me because he protects me… and takes care of me in a way my mom cannot.”  So, she asked, “Which parent do I not need?  My mom or my dad?”  The room fell silent.  She looked into the eyes of leaders three and four times her age and asked again.  No one answered. 

According to her father Jeff Evans, “We haven’t had any physical threats, but we’ve had some rather colorful comments about my 11-year-old. I’ve been monitoring it to keep my family safe and have a heads up on it. It’s really shameful the things that people will say, hiding behind an Internet alias. We see it as more representative of where political discourse is in our country, where you can’t take a position without receiving a great deal of flak, which is unfortunate.”

Years after Evan’s testimony, comments continued to pour in on the YouTube video recording of her testimony—many of them derogatory, some indicating that she is “brainwashed” and “needs to die.” 

Photo credit: Youtube video footage