Where is the fine line between allowing a high school to decide who its graduation speaker will be, and allowing a high school to blatantly discriminate on the basis of sexual preference? That’s the debate being had in Mount Pleasant, Mich. these days.
Dominic Sheahan-Stahl, a Class of 1998 graduate from the Sacred Heart Academy, initially seemed to be an ideal choice to speak at the school’s looming May 20 graduation ceremony. He was both an alumnus and also the older brother of one of the current graduates, so his ties to the place were beyond reproach. On top of that, he seemed to be generally well-liked and, when the decision to have him talk originally came down, nobody seemed to have a problem with it.
Until they found out he was gay.
According to the Huffington Post, following his trip down Sheahan-Stahl’s Facebook timeline, Sacred Heart Academy principal Denny Starnes contacted his mother and notified her that he wouldn’t be permitted to speak. Why? Apparently, because of the messages on his account regarding his engagement to partner, Nathan.
For what it's worth, Sheahan-Stahl didn’t take the news laying down. He released this video in which he talks about the unfortunate message that the school was sending:
As of this time, the school hasn’t commented on the increased press that this event has gotten in recent days. And despite numerous efforts made on the part of Sheahan-Stahl’s many supporters in the community, the Sacred Heart Academy hasn’t made any indication that it will change its mind on this matter.