Explaining Marriage Equality to Children

HRC staff

Post submitted by Charles Girard, Coordinator, HRC Welcoming Schools

This Sunday marks one year since the Supreme Court of the U.S. declared marriage equality the law of the land. Since then, families and schools across the nation have used HRC’s Welcoming Schools Project’s resource, “Who Can Marry Whom?” to talk about family diversity with children.

This guide underscores key points to mention to children when discussing marriage equality such as:

  • “People can fall in love and want to be in a relationship, no matter their gender.”
  • “Marriage is about love, commitment and responsibility.”

Who Can Marry Whom?” also provides sample answers to questions like:

  • “How can two women have children? Don’t you need a dad?”
  • “If two men get married, doesn’t that mean they’re gay? Isn’t that weird?”

Looking for more resources and guides to help you discuss LGBTQ topics with students, children or other youth in your life? Welcoming Schools has plenty of book suggestions, lesson plans, and other materials to help the young people in your life understand and embrace LGBTQ people.

HRC Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools that celebrate family diversity and LGBTQ-inclusion, prevent biased-based bullying and gender stereotyping, and embrace all students. We envision a day when all schools will truly be Welcoming Schools.


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