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Should kids weigh in on the gay marriage debate?

Fourth Grades Pens Essay Supporting Marriage Equality

As the controversial debate over marriage equality continues to pick up across the United States, one fourth-grade student is gaining national attention after submitting an essay to his teacher in support of gay marriage.

via ABC News

What is one fourth grader’s argument for marriage equality? Essentially, “Get over it.”

When the fourth grader’s teacher posted a photo of the essay on Reddit, a social news site where registered users can post content, Wednesday, it quickly took off.

“One of my fourth grade students chose gay marriage as his topic for a persuasive essay,” the teacher, Reddit user rafa3l2, wrote. “This is the result. More sense than some adults.”

The student wrote:

“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 moment in their life. When I went to my grandparents wedding it was the happies moment.”

“I am not sharing this because of how perfect the sentences are, but because of how clear his thought process is on this specific issue,” the teacher wrote on Reddit. “It isn’t as simple as pointing out mistakes and spelling errors.”

While it’s certainly commendable for parents to encourage their children not to discriminate and treat all people with respect regardless of their sexual orientation, there can also be a downside to bringing children into the debate where they can choose sides.

So, let’s discuss Bossip fam. Do you think it’s a good idea for elementary school-aged children to weigh in on the marriage equality debate in or outside of the classroom?



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