Fifth-Grader Only Permitted To Give Marriage Equality Speech To Classmates

When Queens fifth-grader Kameron Slade wrote his marriage equality speech for a school competition, he was prepared to read it in front of his entire school. He was prohibited from doing so, and instead wrote a speech on animal cruelty that did not win him the competition. In a “compromise,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott allowed Kameron to read his speech yesterday, but only to his fellow fifth-graders. It’s good that he had the chance to read his speech in school, but the hundreds of thousands of YouTube views demonstrate just how articulate and effective this young man’s words truly are. Watch it again: