Awesome Fifth Grader Whose School Banned His Same-Sex Marriage Speech Gets a Much Wider Audience

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Remember Kameron Slade, the fifth grader who was banned from speaking about same-sex marriage at his New York public school because his principal said the topic was "inappropriate"?


That principal's hopefully feeling like an asshole right now, because Council speaker Christine C. Quinn, who heard about Kameron after local news outlets covered the incident — his NY1 segment now has more than 600,000 views on YouTube — invited him to deliver his eloquent speech in City Council chambers yesterday.


"President Barack Obama recently talked about same-sex marriage with his wife and two daughters. Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it," Kameron said before launching into his case for why same-sex marriage should be discussed openly in classrooms. "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?"

Kameron told the New York Times that was bummed he couldn't deliver the speech at school but that he was happy he got a wider audience. "I felt very confident when I was doing it," he said. "I feel honored because not many people get to do this."

Council members thanked Kameron for coming to speak, including Quinn, who recently married her partner Kim Catullo, and Jimmy Van Bramer, who is marrying his own longtime male partner on Saturday. "When I saw you on TV, I thought you were the most courageous and wonderful young man I've ever seen," he told Kameron.

See, you guys? Not every young up-and-comer is famous for penning Millennial internet memes. There's some hope out there.


Once Blocked, Boy's Appeal for Gays to Wed Gets Council Audience [NYT]

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As the saying goes "out of the mouths of babes". Really I understand why the principle didn't let him say his speech (some parents would find it inappropriate and then he'd have to spend time and effort dealing with the fall out), still it's good to see that the message was able to be heard.