The same-sex marriage debate may have a new face. It is an 11-year-old North Carolina girl whose letter to the Supreme Court justices about why marriage equality matters to her and her two mothers is getting national attention.
It also got Cameron Myers-Milne and her mothers, Sheila Milne and Susan Myers, a personal invitation to the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
In the letter, Cameron tells the judges her parents have been together for 26 years. She tells them how much she is loved, how well-adjusted she is, and how her family has helped her excel academically and personally.
My name is Cameron. I am eleven years old and I am currently in the 6th grade [in North Carolina]. I am the daughter of Susan and Sheila. I watched President Obama's inauguration speech today and my parents pointed you out to me. They informed me that although President Obama is leading the fight for my parents to be treated equally, you and the other justices will be making very important decisions in the next few months. I know you are busy, but I hope you have time to read this letter.
My parents have been together for 26 years. They took me to New York on their 25th anniversary so that they could be legally married. I was so happy for them. They are the best parents a kid could ask for and I love them so much. I would like to see their marriage recognized here in our home state. Please look at our photos and think of us when you make decisions based on gay rights. We are a family. I am very proud of my parents and I hope you understand how your decision will affect my family.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of kids of gay parents, I can tell you that I am doing great. I am so loved. Everyone I know tells me I am such a lucky kid. My parents are my life. They quiz me before tests and make sure that I am doing well in school. I was the top student in my class last year and have made Headmaster's List every 6 weeks. I play travel soccer and I am currently trying out for the Olympic Development Program which means they dedicate most of their weekends to traveling all over the state so that I can compete against other teams. I also play tennis. A couple of years ago I collected 200 soccer balls and sent them to Liberia for kids who do not have soccer balls. I have many good friends who love my parents. I have never been teased. I think things are going very well. Thank you for your time.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor responded. Then Cameron's letter went viral and catapulting the sixth grader into the unique position of being one of the youngest voices for marriage equality.
She says she wants people to know "that change is possible, and that we're like everyone else, and full federal equality under the law is going to happen."
"The underlying thing that people don't realize maybe is we don't have financial and sort of more security protection cause of the law and that's what we want to change,” says Cameron’s mother, Sheila Milne.
Cameron's mother Susan Myers adds, "Hopefully the letter will help and hopefully the Supreme Court will move things along a lot quicker."
The Myers-Milne family says being at the White House Easter Egg Roll is a surprise they never expected. They say it's an invitation that shows there is progress in the fight for gay rights.
"I was so surprised when I heard about this,” Cameron says. “It's just been so great. It's been such an honor to be invited to the White House for this Easter Egg Roll. I couldn't ask for more."
The Myers-Milne family says even though they are getting a lot of attention, they don't look at their family as being special. They say at the core of what they share is love and acceptance; virtues that ring true in any family.