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article imageNYC fifth-grader barred from giving speech on same-sex marriage

By David Silverberg     Jun 15, 2012 in World
A fifth-grade student in Queens, New York was barred from entering a class competition with his speech supporting same-sex marriage. His mother said the principal found his topic "inappropriate."
The young student Kameron Slade worked on his speech with his mother and his teacher after winning a class competition and he was due to deliver it in a school-wide contest at PS 195 in Queens, according to media reports.
But that's when the school principal stepped in, said the topic was inappropriate and told Slade to write a speech on another issue.
The boy found out the principal "said that people have different opinions on it and that some parents may not want their children to learn about this type of topic."
After media inquiries, the Department of Education say that Slade could read his essay in a makeshift assembly scheduled for Monday — but that parents could opt their kids out, the New York Post notes. Also, his speech is still not allowed in the class competition.
The speech is an open-minded look at same-sex marriage, with lines such as, "Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge?"
The speech concluded: "I believe that same-gender marriage should be accepted worldwide and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children."
Full video of Kameron Slade reading his speech can be found below:
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