Kameron Slade (pictured), a 10-year-old boy from Queens, New York delivered a speech in support of same-sex marriage before the New York City Council, the New York Times reports.
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Here is part of his speech below:
“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. “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?”
WATCH KAMERON DELIVER HIS SPEECH TO A LOCAL TV STATION
Kameron was invited to deliver his remarks by Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn. The Speaker has been married to her longtime partner since May.
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Kameron originally wrote his speech two months ago for a competition at Public School 195 in Rosedale, Queens. However, the principal of the school said it wasn’t acceptable, so he was barred from delivering it at first. But after robust media attention, he was allowed to give his speech at a separate assembly after the Education Department intervened.
The Times provides some background on how Kameron came up with the idea speaking on gay marriage:
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.