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USA, Alabama: State GOP Won’t Silence Marriage Equality Supporter

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Stephanie PetalosThe Alabama GOP executive committee rejected an attempt to silence or oust a college Republican who had announced her support for marriage equality.

AL.com reports:

The party’s Executive Committee voted down a proposed rule change that said no member of the party’s steering committee could publicly oppose a resolution adopted by the party’s executive committee. The vote came after the president of the College Republican Federation of Alabama, Stephanie Petelos, upset some Republicans when she made remarks critical of the party’s staunch position against gay marriage.

The voice vote was apparently heavily in favor of the student. Although we don’t agree with conservatives on much, kudos to them in this case.

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Texas, USA: Small Town Student Stands up for Marriage Equality

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Morgan - Marriage EqualityA straight high school senior from Sundown, Texas stood up for marriage equality this last week. Queerty explains:

An update on the Gay Marriage USA’s Facebook page told the surprising story of a Morgan, an 18-year-old, straight senior from Sundown Texas, who felt that what her school was doing to her was an act of discrimination that she wasn’t going to lay down for. Earlier this week, Morgan was planning to take her portrait for her yearbook’s superlative award, “Most Political.” However, when she decided to use the issue of TIME magazine with a photograph of two women kissing on the cover, the yearbook photographer and her male counterpart both refused to take the photo. The dispute was over the two women kissing and not wanting to discuss gay rights. An issue that the principal later sided with the yearbook staff on, telling Morgan it was not something to be “discussed at the school.”

In the end, Morgan was victorious:

Rather than face unwanted media attention, the principal finally agreed to let Morgan use the TIME cover of her choice. In a small town of only 1,300 people, it seems that Morgan struck a nerve, surprising many in her town. However, she leaves for Denton University in the fall and will continue stand up for LGBT rights and marriage equality because “it’s not just a matter of gay rights but it’s a matter of human rights.”

The next generation supports marriage equality in a way that we’ve never seen before. It truly is just a matter of time.

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CA: School Administrator Disqualifies Student from Competition Over Marriage Equality Comment, Then Apologizes

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

California High School StudentA school administrator has apologized to a senior at Fullerton Union High School for publicly disqualifying him from the “Mr. Fullerton” competition, an annual school event, after the student voiced his support for same-sex marriage.

The student, whose name has not been released, was answering a question of where he saw himself in 10 years. According to the Orange County Register, the student responded that “he hoped to find the love of his life, to marry him and he hoped for the legalization of gay marriage.”

Immediately following, “assistant principal Joe Abell came on stage in front of the hundreds of people in attendance and interrupted [the student’s] speech and disqualified him from the competition,” according to witnesses, who have contacted the school district to complain about Abell’s actions.

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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NJ: Governor Christie to Student – Marriage Equality Not About Gay Rights

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

New Jersey Marriage EqualityNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told a student at a Fort Lee high school this morning that “gay marriage” is not about extending rights to gay and lesbian Americans and insisted that it would “change the way we’ve governed our society”:

Q: His, chris christie, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Recently you passed an anti-bullying law, which I really am appreciative for, because bullying should not be allowed in the state of New Jersey, so i really thank you for that.

However, one of the main reasons why kids even do get bullied in school is whether or not they’re homosexual. And recently there has been a bill to allow gay rights in the state of New Jersey. Can you tell me what was your decision to veto the bill, because I heard that you had vetoed the bill.

Full Story from Think Progress

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MA: Pro Marriage Equality Editorial in Student Paper Leads to Alleged Attack

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Destinie Mogg-Barkalow is a student at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, roughly midway between Boston and Providence. She contributes regularly to BSU’s campus newspaper, The Comment, which on Wednesday published a brief screed of Destinie’s celebrating the demise of Prop 8 in California. In response, it seems, two Comment readers attacked Destinie in a parking lot on Thursday night.

According to The Comment’s coverage:

Destinie Mogg-Barkalow told police she was walking in the Chapel Lot at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by a tall male and a red-headed female. Mogg-Barkalow, who writes regularly for the paper and is the editorial page assistant editor, was wearing a Comment sweatshirt. The couple, who were presumably students, asked if she had written the article advocating gay marriage that appeared in this week’s paper.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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Malaysian Student Marries Partner in Ireland

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The reported “gay marriage” between a Malaysian and his lover in Ireland has triggered outrage online, with one Facebook group urging he be brought home to be “saved”.

The controversy erupted after pictures taken at Ariff Alfian Rosli’s same-sex civil union surfaced on the internet last week, three years after the University College Dublin medical student was reported missing by his family.

In the photos, the 28-year-old could be seen wearing a black baju Melayu with kain samping while his partner — known only as Jonathan — wore a black tuxedo and green tie.

Local criticism of the same-sex union has been swift and harsh, with mainly Muslim users attacking Ariff Alfian on Twitter for straying from Islam and dishonouring his family.

Full Story from The Malaysian Insider

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US: Bachmann Confronted by Student on Marriage Equality Position

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Footage of a US student’s careful line of questioning to Michele Bachmann on equal marriage rights has been gaining exposure online.

16-year-old Jane Schmidt challenges the Republican presidential nominee hopeful at a town hall meeting in the town of Waverly, Iowa on 30 November.

As head of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, she asks Bachmann what support she would offer GSAs and the wider LGBT community if elected.

Full Story from Pink News

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Catholic School Censors Teen’s Pro Gay Marriage Editorial

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

A Minnesota Catholic high school has deleted a gay teen’s editorial calling for increased gay rights, including marriage, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Officials at Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park, Minnesota deleted two student editorials that criticized an anti-gay marriage DVD produced by Minnesota’s Catholic bishops. The DVDs were distributed to parishioners prior to Election Day, November 2, and called on Catholic voters to reject pro-gay marriage lawmakers. (Minnesota voters did overwhelmingly vote for Republican candidates.)

The student-run newspaper The Knight Errant published two editorials along with a story about the bishop’s Preserving Marriage in Minnesota DVD last Thursday. But both editorials were removed from the paper’s website just days later.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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OR: Student Teacher Kicked Out for Answering Fourth Grader’s Question About Gay Marriage

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

A candid conversation between a student teacher and a fourth-grader about gay marriage led to his abrupt dismissal from the Beaverton School District.

Seth Stambaugh, a student teacher at Sexton Mountain elementary school, was apparently dismissed after answering a fourth-grader’s question about his marital status by saying it would be illegal for him to marry because he would choose to marry a man.

The controversy has led to denials of anti-gay discrimination by the district, the student teacher scrambling to meet academic requirements, a lawyer weighing options for a lawsuit, and a graduate education program using the incident as a teachable moment.

Full Story from MSNBC

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Los Angeles Student’s Free Speech Lawsuit Over Anti Gay Marriage Comment Tossed Out

Friday, September 17th, 2010

No luck for Los Angeles City College student Jonathan Lopez… Today a federal appeals court tossed out his lawsuit claiming that a teacher illegally berated him in class for making a speech opposing same sex marriage.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a lower court’s decision allowing his case to go forward. The three-judge panel says Lopez failed to show he was harmed by the incident.

He alleged that speech instructor John Matteson interrupted him midway through his speech when he quoted a dictionary definition of marriage and recited a pair of Bible verses.

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