Standing Up for Marriage Equality in Catholic School

Written by scott on April 18th, 2013

Catholic ChurchI replaced my traditional Catholic school uniform with a shirt that read: “Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it.” It was the monthly tag day when students are not required to wear uniforms. Once I arrived at school, I immediately noticed the stares and heard not-so-subtle whispers from passers-by. Walking to a special Spirit Day breakfast, one of the school’s toughest teachers stopped me: “That shirt is not allowed. Do you have a sweatshirt or jacket you can put on?” “Yes,” I obeyed without putting up a fight. I changed into a Union Catholic sweatshirt. Somehow, later in the school day, I mustered up the courage to take it off. Yet I carried the sweatshirt around with me just to be safe in case I ran into any strict teachers.

I did not encounter any more problems that day, but I was angry with myself for not standing up for my beliefs. I had subconsciously become that little girl again — the girl who was afraid to speak up, the girl who did not have a voice at school. At the age of five, I was diagnosed with Selective Mutism, an anxiety disorder in which a child who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in certain situations, or to certain people. I was comfortable talking to members of my immediate family and close friends. Yet at school, I did not talk to anyone.

I remember the first day of first grade. I sat down at a table and a little boy introduced himself to me, “Hi I’m Devin. What’s your name?” I waved at him, and remained silent. He was waiting for a reply, but he never got one. His face was filled with confusion. He asked me “Why aren’t you talking?” That was just another question unanswered. A girl sitting across from us jumped in: “She isn’t going to talk to you. That’s the girl that doesn’t talk.”

Authored By Kayla McCloud – See the Full Story at The Huffington Post

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  1. Dr Larry Schlatter says:

    The question of religions required to marry same sex couples is an old one. No church has ever been required to marry couples that are not part of the church’s tenets. This is an old legal right of church’s. Please clarify those comments immediately. They are just wrongful scare tactics by the opponents of same gender marriage.

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