Vermont 12-year-old Speaks on Democracy Now!
Earlier today, 12-year-old Evann Orleck-Jetter appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show Democracy Now! Orleck-Jetter lives in Thetford Center with her lesbian parents, Dartmouth history professor Annelise Orleck and journalist Alexis Jetter. She testified last month in support of gay marriage at the Vermont Statehouse.
(Orleck-Jetter's parents collaborated on a 1997 essay and interview collection called The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right. According to Annelise Orleck's online bio, the book features women who were "moved by their motherhood to engage in a wide range of political activities from environmental justice work to peace activism to membership in the Ku Klux Klan.")
In today's Democracy Now! broadcast, Evann Orleck-Jetter told host Amy Goodman that she has always felt ostracized from her peers because her parents weren't officially married. Now that Vermont has legalized gay marriage, Orleck-Jetter added, she expects to feel more comfortable interacting with classmates and teachers.
"That really helped change things," she reflected of her experience at the Statehouse. "I felt honored that I could help change history."