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Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was scheduled to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. But when the principal learned Kameron's speech was about same-sex marriage, he was ordered to choose a new topic or lose the opportunity to speak.

From the banned speech:

Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it. Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge? If we judge people like this, this is a form of prejudice. We must learn to accept all differences. ... My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage. However, some adults may feel uncomfortable and think it's inappropriate to talk about this to children. I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world. If children read or watch the news, they can learn about things like same-gender marriage, so what's the point in trying to hide it? In conclusion, I hope that everyone understands how important it is to respect everyone for who they are. Same-gender marriage is becoming more popular. I believe that same-gender marriage should be accepted worldwide and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children.

[thinkprogress]

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An elected member of the Imperial Irrigation District of California's Imperial Valley is under investigation after he was caught on camera striking his stepson with a belt during a game of backyard catch.

Anthony Sanchez has not been charged with anything and reportedly is cooperating with authorities.

"What's happening in the context of the video itself is certainly disturbing," said Ryan Childers, Sanchez's attorney. "We recognize that. But we need to let the Sheriff's Office have time to fully investigate the incident so all the facts can come to light."

The neighbor, Oscar Lopez, initially didn't start taping because he believes in a father's right to discipline his kid. But when "it got out of line," he hit record.

This is not just some drunk down the street. This is a guy in leadership here. He is supposed to be representing the people of District 5... I'm happy that he's been identified, and maybe they don't prosecute him. Maybe he's not found guilty, but at least it got out and somebody knows.

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In the only appropriate response to last week's incident in Miami where one man was caught eating another man's face, notorious YouTube assclown Vitaly Zdorovetskiy dressed up as a zombie and terrorized the city's residents.

Thankfully, he went to the trouble of adding a disclaimer to his video: "Very Dangerous Prank! Almost Got Shot at 2:00! DO NOT TRY IT!"

In related news, Ronald Poppo, the homeless man who had his face eaten off, remains in critical condition.

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Earlier this month, a North Carolina pastor suggested rounding up gays and lesbians and starving them to death.

Just yesterday, an audio file of a Kansas pastor saying the government should kill gays made the rounds.

Now, we are confronted with perhaps the most egregious homophobic offense in recent weeks -- a youngster at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, belted out "Ain't No Homos Gonna Make It To Heaven," and the congregation rewarded him with a standing ovation.

[towleroad]

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The Trayvon Martin gun-range target was bad enough. Then a bunch of white kids had to go and launch multiple #Trayvoning Facebook groups (that have since been removed).

Trayvoning is like Tebowing, except totally the opposite -- white (and apparently, black) kids pose as a gunshot victim, wearing a hoodie, and holding Skittles and an iced tea, which is what Martin had on him when George Zimmerman shot him to death in February.

Facebook group members said they were merely combating "racism against whites": "White people are becoming more and more oppressed."

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Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history earlier this year when she won Pakistan's first Oscar. Her documentary, Saving Face, told the stories of several women fighting to rebuild their lives after their husbands threw acid in their faces.

Now the director faces a contentious legal fight -- she is attempting to release the film in Pakistan, where survivors fear ostracism and reprisals if the film is shown.

Naila Farhat, who features fleetingly in the documentary:

We had no idea it would be a hit and win an Oscar. It's completely wrong. We never allowed them to show this film in Pakistan. This is disrespect to my family, to my relatives and they'll make an issue of it. You know what it's like in Pakistan. They gossip all the time if they see a woman in a film.

Naveed Muzaffar Khan, a lawyer who represents the victims, said legal notices were sent to Obaid-Chinoy and fellow producer Daniel Junge last week. The survivors, he said, "have not consented for it to be publicly released in Pakistan," adding that such agreement was required for all the women who appeared in the film. He plans to seek a formal injunction Friday unless they agree not to release the film publicly in the country.

For her part, Obaid-Chinoy insisted the women signed legal documents allowing the film to be shown anywhere in the world, including Pakistan. She said she was "unclear about the allegations" and would respond to the legal complaints "when a court orders us."

[yahoo]

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Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers roommate of Tyler Clementi, was sentenced to just 30 days in jail today after being found guilty of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, evidence tampering, and other counts for using a webcam to tape Clementi having sex with another man. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010, just days after he learned of the video and an accompanying Twitter feed.

Judge Glenn Berman's lectured Ravi before announcing the relatively light sentence: "You lied to your roommate who placed his trust in you without any conditions, and you violated it. I haven't heard you apologize once." Ravi had faced up to 10 years.

In addition to his jail term, Ravi was ordered to complete 300 hours of community service; attend a counseling program for cyberbullying and alternative lifestyles; pay $10,000 to a group that helps victims of bias crimes; and serve a three-year probation sentence. Prosecutors plan to appeal.

[dailyintel]

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Banksy's famous Parachuting Rat, located on a wall in the Melbourne, Australia suburb of Prahran, has been destroyed by builders doing drilling work for a café.

Local business owners were upset by the needless demolition of the piece by workers who apparently didn't realize what they were destroying. The wall did contain other graffiti, but area taggers had avoided painting over the Banksy.

"Had it been 20cm higher or 20cm to the side this would never have happened," neighboring business owner Jacqui Vidal told the Stonnington Leader, "This should have been avoided. It's not a big piece, but it is one of the few remaining Banksys in Melbourne."

The Rat was destroyed once before by cleaners who painted over it during a 2010 anti-graffiti campaign, but was later restored.

There is some good news, though: a possible new Banksy piece -- showing an Asian boy hunched over a sewing machine and a Union flag -- has appeared on the wall of a Poundland shop in London. It has yet to be confirmed as authentic on the artist's website.

[heraldsun.]