The gay marriage debate took an interesting turn this week when an essay penned by a fourth-grader went viral, sparking debate again over the issue of marriage equality.
A frequently-lamented tenet from the anti-equality side is “the children” and whether gay marriage morally poses a risk to kids in America. Many who oppose marriage equality say children are unable to understand the implications of gay marriage and that they may be confused or upset as a result.
The fourth-grader’s gay marriage essay seems to be a strong datapoint against such a notion. In it, the grade schooler lays out a case in favor of marriage equality, saying that those who are bothered by gay marriages need to simply “get over it” because, the child argues, it is in essence none of their business.
The fourth-grader’s gay marriage essay was posted to Reddit by his teacher, who was impressed by the child’s cogent and simply advocacy of marriage equality. The Reddit user rafa3l2 says the kid, a boy, was within the guidelines of the assignment when he wrote the essay.
The child’s gay marriage argument begins:
“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 in their life.”
“When I went to my grandparents wedding it was the [happiest] momment … 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 you wouldn’t want people talking about you.”
Many of the teacher’s responses on the child’s gay marriage essay have since been deleted from the Reddit thread — but he admits he had to dock the kid enough points that he only scored a C on the assignment:
“I gave a C based on the rubric. Each paragraph is supposed to have 4 sentences, the introduction did not follow the guidelines and there are spelling + grammar mistakes.”
But he adds:
“I’m not sharing this because of how perfect the sentences are, but because of how clear his thought process is on this specific issue.”
Do you think the fourth-grader’s gay marriage essay is a good argument in favor of marriage equality?