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Teacher in Michigan forbids student with two lesbian mothers to take same-sex marriage as topic for assignment to speak in favor of it

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A teacher in Michigan banned a student from writing a speech about marriage because the girl’s parents are married lesbian couple, and the teacher is afraid it might “offend somebody in the class.”

Angela McDermitt-Jackson and Chris Jackson married in 2015 and are raising Destiny McDermitt, their 17-year-old daughter who is a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan.

Destiny’s assignment at the school was to speak on the social issue, in favor of or against, which they find interesting and important to them. Destiny picked an issue of same-sex marriage for her “Take a Stand Speech.”

And the teacher forbade Destiny to perform with her speech in fear that this topic might offend somebody in the class. The teacher herewith declined Destiny’s request to inquire her fellow classmates if this issue would offend them.

The teacher reportedly didn’t want to read of to hear Destiny’s work. Quite apart from grading it.

“No, we’re not going to do that,” the teacher reportedly said in front of the class. “I don’t want to hear about it, I don’t want to read about it, and I’m the one who has to grade it.”

Later, upset Destiny wrote a complaint to school officials. School officials started the investigation over the incident. Montrose Community Schools Superintendent Linden Moore said that the teacher needed to be clearer about the assignment’s parameters.

“[It] offended me because I have two moms [who] are married and I really thought it was inappropriate,” McDermitt wrote.

Her mothers, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, niece, and younger sister all support her.

Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 U.S. states although a handful still have constitutional amendments banning it on the books. Approximately 8% of students in grades 9 through 12 identify as LGBTQ. Many, presumably, may want to marry at some point.

Author: Usa Really