Banned Fifth-Grader’s Gay Marriage Speech Banned in School
After the video went viral, a fifth grader’s pro-gay marriage speech will now be allowed by the school, after the initial ban by the principal.
When asked to create a speech from any topic of their choosing, 5th-grader Kameron Slade decided to do a talk about same-sex marriage. With the help of his teacher and parents, Kameron won the competition for his class.
“Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want.” Kameron concluded, “In conclusion, I hope that everyone understands how important it is to respect everyone for who they are. I believe that same-sex marriage should be accepted worldwide, and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children.”
Unfortunately, the principal deemed that the speech was “inappropriate” and banned Kameron from giving the talk in front of the school. He was then given the option of changing his topic or dropping out of the contest altogether.
“[Same-sex marriage] is on the news,” Kameron’s mother angrily said. “It’s a part of our lives now. They need to open up. The New York City Department of Education need to open up.”
After the video and the related news went viral, the school board finally announced that Kameron will be allowed to give his speech in front of his fifth-grade class, right after school officials talk to the parents about the content of the speech.
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