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A holiday gift idea, borne out of Prop 8

Marriage equality

By Adam Bink

Just a funny Prop 8-related holiday tale I had to share.

I was home over Thanksgiving and discussing gifts for my niece with my sister, and she asked if I knew of any good books to introduce the concept of same-sex marriage to kids old enough to consider it. I thought for a moment and then realized, why, yes I do.

This ad, and another version of it in Maine, ran during Prop 8 and was credited with turning much of the tide in favor of the Yes side. The book King & King subsequently became famous. So what better way to introduce the concept than to use the widely-praised book many teachers use in Massachusetts schools?

So my thanks to the Wirthlins for telling me of this wonderful award-winning book, which my niece just received from her uncle as a Chanukah gift. My sister reports she read through it, and the ending (where a prince marries a prince) without batting an eye. I also hope that when she is old enough to see bullying of gay kids in her school, she’ll know better than to let it happen because of the respect she has for all people.

And here’s hoping she likes And Tango Makes Three (her Christmas gift)!


  • 1. Sagesse  |  December 29, 2011 at 10:36 am


  • 2. AnonyGrl  |  December 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm


  • 3. Alan_Eckert  |  December 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I like "My Uncle's Wedding" personally.

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  • 4. LCH  |  December 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I'm very partial to My Uncle's Wedding as well, its very sweet. I find the pictures and graphics in King and King a bit jarring, but some kids might like it.

  • 5. naomi  |  December 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I'm partial to "The Sissy Duckling," myself. It's about gender performance though, not sexuality, so if that's your goal it won't fill the need.

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