5th Grader’s Controversial Gay Marriage Speech Goes All the Way to New York City Council

Kameron Slade was banned from talking about same-sex marriage in a school competition.

Kameron Slade, previously banned from talking about gay marriage in a school speech competition, gave his speech to NY1 in this video. (Photo: NY1)

Aug 1, 2012
Kelly Zhou has written on a variety of topics for TakePart, predominantly politics, education, and wildlife.

A fifth grader’s speech supporting gay marriage has gone viral—and all the way to New York City Council—after he was denied the opportunity to speak in a school competition.

Kameron Slade, a 10-year-old at Public School 195 in Rosedale, Queens, wrote the speech for a school-wide competition.

But his principal found the content inappropriate for kids, banning Slade from delivering his speech. A video of Slade giving his speech went viral on YouTube, with hundreds of thousands of views (watch here).

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“Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want,” Slade said in his speech. “Marriage is about love, support and commitment. So who are we to judge?”

He was eventually allowed to present at a separate school assembly. Slade also recently went on CNN after he was invited to give his speech at City Council on July 25.

He and his mother, April Grantham-Slade, had started working in May to brainstorm an interesting topic, finally deciding on same-sex marriage since it wasn’t commonly discussed among his classmates.

In his speech, Slade refers to a visit with two of his mother’s friends, who are in a lesbian relationship.

“The only difference was there were two moms, instead of a mother and a father,” Slade said. “My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage...I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world.”

Color us impressed. What did you think of this fifth grader’s speech? Let us know in the comments.

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