Kameron Slade is a 10-year-old boy from Queens who wrote a speech for a competition two months ago at school. The school's principal would not allow Slade to give his speech, deeming it too controversial. The reason? Kameron Slade wrote a speech supporting marriage equality.
Wearing a pressed gray suit, black shoes and a purple shirt and tie, Kameron Slade, 10, fidgeted slightly before his name was called in the City Council chambers on Wednesday. He approached the microphone set before the room full of politicians, lowered his head to the papers he clutched in his hands and began to speak.
The Times also reports that Slade was eventually allowed to give his speech at school at a separate assembly. But that was only after the Department of Education stepped in.
The boy's mother helped him brainstorm and pick the topic of marriage equality for his speech. She told The Times, "Sometimes we’ll be walking down the street and we’ll see two men or two women holding hands; and he gets that. I want my children to be accepting."