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US: Fourth grade student on equal marriage: ‘If it creeps you out just get over it’

Joseph McCormick April 26, 2013
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An essay by a fourth grade student in the US which was posted on the internet has gone viral, as it tells opponents to equal marriage to “get over it”, if it “creeps them out”.

The handwritten essay, posted on Reddit by user rafa3l2, who explains in the post that the class was insructed to choose a topic, and work out an argument, based on on choosing a side.

The student, who remains unidentified, was awarded a C grade, based on the grammar and spelling of the essay, but the teacher applauded him for his effort, and reasoning.

“I am not sharing this because of how the perfect the sentences are, but because of how clear his thought process is on this specific issue,” rafa3l2 wrote.

The full essay by the student, is available to read below.

Why gay people should be able to get married is you can’t stop two adult’s from getting married because there grown and it doesn’t matter if it creeps you out just get over it. And you should be happy for them because it’s a big momment [sic] in their life. When I went to my grandparents wedding it was the happies momment [sic].

As you can see gay people should have the right to get married and you shouldn’t judge other peoples lives because if you was gay [sic] you wouldn’t want people talking about you.

Some Reddit users commented on the essay, claiming that the child was just copying the viewpoints of his parents, others were more supportive.

“When it comes to gay marriage, a lot of people’s logic could use a little work,” one user wrote.

Earlier this week, the House in the US state of Delaware passed a bill to legalise equal marriage, taking the state one step closer to legalising same-sex marriage. The legislation passed today by 23 votes to 18.

The Senate in the US state of Rhode Island also voted to pass a bill to legalise equal marriage, putting the state in a position to become the tenth to legalise same-sex marriage.

The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments around Proposition 8, the state of California’s ban on equal marriage. During the hearing, the justices questioned the meaning of marriage, and challenged arguments for the ban. 

One day prior, the Supreme Court Justices indicated a possible interest in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as it heard arguments around the issue.

A decision by the Supreme Court is expected in both cases by the end of June.

France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise equal marriage after its National Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday afternoon.


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