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Fourth Grader's Pro-Gay Marriage Essay Goes Viral

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Fourth grader's pro-gay marriage essay goes viral. (Reddit.com)

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 apersuasive 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."

The essay, errors and all, has since been posted on Huffington PostBuzzfeedTowleroad, and shared on social media sites, such as Tumblr.

Other recent letters and emails have also hit emotional notes and gone viral.

Last month, a young girl's letter to Yosemite National Park also touched hearts when a park ranger posted an image of the letter on Reddit, noting the girl's admirable attempt to return two sticks she had accidentally taken from the park.

While the fourth grade writer's essay might not change any laws, GLAAD, an organization that supports equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, fully endorses the student's efforts.

"This fourth grader is echoing what a majority of Americans of all ages now feel, and perfectly represents the respect for diversity that this student's generation is learning," Wilson Cruz, a GLAAD spokesperson, told ABCNews.com.

"This student is absolutely correct in saying that marriage is a 'big moment' for a couple, and creates a sturdy foundation for the rest of their lives.

"Children are wiser than we often give them credit for."

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/fourth-graders-pro-gay-marriage-essay-goes-viral-163213351--abc-news-topstories.html

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM
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pixie92
by Platinum Member on Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM
no nothing about marriage was mentioned, so how do you know what the child does or doesnt know about it? The child talked about the wedding day. Whats your real problem with this? Is it because a child thinks gay couples should be able to have their happy day?


Quoting TranquilMind:

 No.  It isn't.  The Wedding day is a happy party day. 


 Sounds like that is all he knows.  Nothing about marriage was mentioned there.


Quoting pixie92:

wait marriage isnt a happy day? Also not all kids echo what their parents say. He chose the subject so how do you know he hasnt formed his own opinion?



Quoting TranquilMind:


 The fourth grader is simply echoing the politically-correct stuff coming out of the mouths of the adults around him. 



His reasoning is:  Two adults should be able to get married if they want to do it because that's what they told me. 



Wow. Bowled over there.  He doesn't understand what marriage even is.  He thinks it's a "happy day". 



 


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desertlvn
by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM


You're ego is enormous for you to think you know my daughter better than she herself, or I, do. You, my dear, need an ego check.

You have raised YOUR kids. That does not make you an expert on other people's children. Nor does it mean you know what makes all children tick. It is unfortunate you think children have no deep feelings or opinions of their own and are only capable of regurgitating other people's words.

Perhaps your children were limited and were only capable of such, mine however, have been quite capable of much more at very young ages. 

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Your 4 year old did not have any heartfelt feelings about this any deeper than, 'I like my 2 prettiest Barbies and they ought to be able to get married because whatever getting married is, it means you get to stay together.' 

Because I have raised kids, that's why. 

I hope you told her that two girl Barbies can't have babies together and a Mommy and a Daddy get married and have babies and take care of them (but I won't hold my breath).

She would be in favor of having babies. 

Quoting desertlvn:


I don't think so. My 4 yr old DD was playing with her dolls. She was playing that two women were getting married. She turned to me and asked, "Can two girls get married in real life?" I explained that in some states they could and in some it is against the law. She asked if they could in our state, and when I told her no she cried. Full on, deep felt cried. 

This was the first conversation that we had on the subject. She was thinking her own thoughts and feeling her own feelings. 

Why do you try to take a child's opinion away? 

Quoting TranquilMind:

 The fourth grader is simply echoing the politically-correct stuff coming out of the mouths of the adults around him. 

His reasoning is:  Two adults should be able to get married if they want to do it because that's what they told me. 

Wow. Bowled over there.  He doesn't understand what marriage even is.  He thinks it's a "happy day". 



 



desertlvn
by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM


I teach 4th grade. This  year my class has written many different opinion essays. We read a great deal on the pros and cons of drilling for oil in Alaska. The students formulated an opinion statement and then wrote an essay with reasons and evidence/details for their opinions. They have done the same for school uniforms, zoos, food regulations in schools, and immigration laws. Their writing is much more advanced than the one in this article. I think their ability to THINK and FEEL would blow your mind.

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Sure, any kid can write an essay about anything.

But I prefer logical essays that make sense given the age of the child, not political adult-speak repackaged.  I find that appalling to use your children to push your political agenda when they don't understand it. 

I have seriously political kids now, especially the oldest teen.  But they came to that through years of sifting their own and others' opinions.  They didn't begin spouting off about privacy rights or 2nd Amendment rights, or congressional debates or anything else they may have heard us talking about when they were 4, while we pretended that our kid was saying anything new and deep about his/her own feelings. 

So I much preferred creative things like  the "walking on the edges of the moon" song my son created one day and sang for weeks. 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I will ask again.................of TranquilMind...........would it be okay if a fourth grader wrote an essay that aligned with how you have taught your children to believe?

 



viv212
by Gold Member on Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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Exactly. Had that been written, the child would have been "taught right" and these ladies would have been applauding him.

Quoting chloedee:

I'm somehow doubting that there would be the same amount of dismissiveness and claims that a child couldn't have their own thoughts and would only be parroting their parent's views had the essay read something like "gay people can't get married because marriage is for a mommy to have a baby with a daddy and make a family that way. We should be nice to gay people but marriage is about God". 


Quoting FromAtoZ:

I will ask again.................of TranquilMind...........would it be okay if a fourth grader wrote an essay that aligned with how you have taught your children to believe?




TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM

 Lol. Okie dokie.

Your 4 year old is your oldest, I bet. 

Having raised gifted kids until college age so far-  while I don't know your specific daughter, I do know and have taught 4 year old children and am well aware of their capabilities and ranges, as well as how easily they are indoctrinated. 

If you have multiple adult children as well, then you'd have a better perspective on your daughter's development and I retract my words and bow out. 

Quoting desertlvn:

 

You're ego is enormous for you to think you know my daughter better than she herself, or I, do. You, my dear, need an ego check.

You have raised YOUR kids. That does not make you an expert on other people's children. Nor does it mean you know what makes all children tick. It is unfortunate you think children have no deep feelings or opinions of their own and are only capable of regurgitating other people's words.

Perhaps your children were limited and were only capable of such, mine however, have been quite capable of much more at very young ages. 

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Your 4 year old did not have any heartfelt feelings about this any deeper than, 'I like my 2 prettiest Barbies and they ought to be able to get married because whatever getting married is, it means you get to stay together.' 

Because I have raised kids, that's why. 

I hope you told her that two girl Barbies can't have babies together and a Mommy and a Daddy get married and have babies and take care of them (but I won't hold my breath).

She would be in favor of having babies. 

Quoting desertlvn:

 

I don't think so. My 4 yr old DD was playing with her dolls. She was playing that two women were getting married. She turned to me and asked, "Can two girls get married in real life?" I explained that in some states they could and in some it is against the law. She asked if they could in our state, and when I told her no she cried. Full on, deep felt cried. 

This was the first conversation that we had on the subject. She was thinking her own thoughts and feeling her own feelings. 

Why do you try to take a child's opinion away? 

Quoting TranquilMind:

 The fourth grader is simply echoing the politically-correct stuff coming out of the mouths of the adults around him. 

His reasoning is:  Two adults should be able to get married if they want to do it because that's what they told me. 

Wow. Bowled over there.  He doesn't understand what marriage even is.  He thinks it's a "happy day". 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM

 The child apparently wrote an incredibly original (sarcasm),  deeply thoughtfuland provoking essay supporting gay "MARRIAGE", according to the title, not about weddings or how happy party days are fun. 

Quoting pixie92:

no nothing about marriage was mentioned, so how do you know what the child does or doesnt know about it? The child talked about the wedding day. Whats your real problem with this? Is it because a child thinks gay couples should be able to have their happy day?


Quoting TranquilMind:

 No.  It isn't.  The Wedding day is a happy party day. 


 Sounds like that is all he knows.  Nothing about marriage was mentioned there.


Quoting pixie92:

wait marriage isnt a happy day? Also not all kids echo what their parents say. He chose the subject so how do you know he hasnt formed his own opinion?



Quoting TranquilMind:


 The fourth grader is simply echoing the politically-correct stuff coming out of the mouths of the adults around him. 



His reasoning is:  Two adults should be able to get married if they want to do it because that's what they told me. 



Wow. Bowled over there.  He doesn't understand what marriage even is.  He thinks it's a "happy day". 



 


 

Debmomto2girls
by Debbie on Apr. 26, 2013 at 5:20 AM
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Yes, it is that simple unless you are a bigot

Quoting TranquilMind:

 No one should be bullied or teased, regardless of belief, appearance, intelligence or any other basis.


But no, it' isn't about "so long as they love each other". 


Unsound reasoning.  Reminds me of that song from the 70's by Luther Ingram about having an affair (but at least then we recognized that some things WERE wrong, whereas today, we don't seem to have that standard):


If loving you is wrong I don't wanna be right
If being right means being without you
I'd rather live a wrong doing life
Your mama and daddy say it's a shame
It's a downright disgrace
Long as I got you by my side
I don't care what your people say

Your friends tell you there's no future
in loving a married man
If I can't see you when I want to
I'll see you when I can
If loving you is wrong I don't wanna be right
If loving you is wrong I don't wanna be right


 Quoting Debmomto2girls:

My 15 year old know what gay marriage is. She sees her gay best friend get teased. She has stood up to the bullies and other whenever they say anything negative about gay people. It is that simple. Like she says.. "what they do is not my business. As long as they love each other, how could they be wrong?"



Quoting TranquilMind:


 The fourth grader is simply echoing the politically-correct stuff coming out of the mouths of the adults around him. 



His reasoning is:  Two adults should be able to get married if they want to do it because that's what they told me. 



Wow. Bowled over there.  He doesn't understand what marriage even is.  He thinks it's a "happy day". 


 

momtoscott
by Gold Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 5:57 AM

I teach fourth grade too and tried to make this point to her as well.  I totally agree with you.  

Quoting desertlvn:


I teach 4th grade. This  year my class has written many different opinion essays. We read a great deal on the pros and cons of drilling for oil in Alaska. The students formulated an opinion statement and then wrote an essay with reasons and evidence/details for their opinions. They have done the same for school uniforms, zoos, food regulations in schools, and immigration laws. Their writing is much more advanced than the one in this article. I think their ability to THINK and FEEL would blow your mind.

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Sure, any kid can write an essay about anything.

But I prefer logical essays that make sense given the age of the child, not political adult-speak repackaged.  I find that appalling to use your children to push your political agenda when they don't understand it. 

I have seriously political kids now, especially the oldest teen.  But they came to that through years of sifting their own and others' opinions.  They didn't begin spouting off about privacy rights or 2nd Amendment rights, or congressional debates or anything else they may have heard us talking about when they were 4, while we pretended that our kid was saying anything new and deep about his/her own feelings. 

So I much preferred creative things like  the "walking on the edges of the moon" song my son created one day and sang for weeks. 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I will ask again.................of TranquilMind...........would it be okay if a fourth grader wrote an essay that aligned with how you have taught your children to believe?

 




gma2two
by New Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM
You, my dear, are doing an awesome job raising your child!


Quoting desertlvn:


I don't think so. My 4 yr old DD was playing with her dolls. She was playing that two women were getting married. She turned to me and asked, "Can two girls get married in real life?" I explained that in some states they could and in some it is against the law. She asked if they could in our state, and when I told her no she cried. Full on, deep felt cried. 

This was the first conversation that we had on the subject. She was thinking her own thoughts and feeling her own feelings. 

Why do you try to take a child's opinion away? 


Quoting TranquilMind:

 The fourth grader is simply echoing the politically-correct stuff coming out of the mouths of the adults around him. 


His reasoning is:  Two adults should be able to get married if they want to do it because that's what they told me. 


Wow. Bowled over there.  He doesn't understand what marriage even is.  He thinks it's a "happy day". 





MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Guess I am the only one that questions why and how a nine year old is so versed in very adult subjects.  While I am not against gay marriage, I am against children needing to deal with controversial issues beyond their years. 

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