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10 Year Old Queens Boy Delivers Powerful Speech On Same Sex Marriage To New York City Council
A 10-year-old boy from Queens, Kameron Slade, got the opportunity to deliver a powerful a speech in support of same-sex marriagebefore the New York City Council, the New York Times reports.
According to The New York Times, Slade was invited to give his speech in front of the New York City Council by Council speaker Christine Quinn after the speech was deemed inappropriate by his schools principal Beryl Bailey when he submitted the speech to the school for a student competition almost 2 months ago.
As told on New York Times.com,
Kameron’s mother, April Grantham-Slade, said she sat down with him in May, when he first came home with his assignment from class. Ms. Grantham-Slade said Kameron told her he wanted to speak on a topic his fellow classmates had not discussed much. So they began to brainstorm. Earlier that month, Mr. Obama announced he was supporting same-sex marriage, a move seen by some as purely political but by others as an act of bravery. For Kameron, it was a prime chance to bring that national discussion to his peers.
“Sometimes we’ll be walking down the street and we’ll see two men or two women holding hands; and he gets that,” Ms. Grantham-Slade said. “I want my children to be accepting.”
Kameron recalled the time he and his mother went on a farm trip with two of his mother’s friends, who are lesbians, to the full Council chamber. “They seemed like any other family,” he said. “The only difference was that they were two moms instead of a mother and father.”