A fifth grader whose same-sex marriage speech was banned from a New York public school competition is getting national attention. Last week Kameron Slade, 10, was invited to deliver his powerful words to the New York City Council and video footage of his performance taken by NY1 television is going viral.
Two months ago Kameron wrote a speech on why gays should have the right to marry for a competition at his public school in Queens, N.Y. He was inspired by Barack Obama’s support of gay marriage and wanted to share his views on the issue with his classmates.
But Kameron never delivered his speech in the competition because his school’s principal, Beryl Bailey, decided the topic was inappropriate.
Local media quickly picked up the story, the principal was made to look stupid and the Education Department learned about the incident. Kameron was invited to give his speech at a separate assembly at his school and YouTube footage of it was viewed more than 600,000 times, according to the New York Times.
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