School Apologizes for Showing Video of Kids Giving Opinions on Gay Marriage

The Gay-Straight Alliance at Craig High School in Janesville, Wis., showed a gay marriage video on April 11, which is still reverberating controversy.

The video (below) is entitled “Kids React to Gay Marriage” and shows young children giving their opinions about gay marriage proposals and same-sex couples. Most of the kids approved of the same-sex marriages, but other children were not supportive.

Janesville School District Superintendent Karen Schulte apologized on Tuesday for the video being shown in school.

“Once I viewed the video, I felt like it was biased to one side of the [same-sex marriage] issue,” Schulte said in a statement, noted GazetteXtra.com. “It's not something we would typically do. When looking at controversial issues, we need to look at both sides.”

Benny and Rafi Fine, who produced the video in 2013, told the Wisconsin State Journal that the video is not biased, did not require an apology and features the “raw opinions of children" that are "incredibly valuable insight on our current society.”

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network says the video was shown on April 11 because that is the Day of Silence, a national event that opposes the bullying of LGBT students.

Jill Marcellus, spokeswoman for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, said, “School staff should encourage, not condemn, the brave efforts of youth in Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to make their schools safer for all students.”

School board member Bill Sodemann said a grandparent and two parents contacted the principal and school board about the video, which they found offensive.

Sources: Wisconsin State Journal and GazetteXtra.com


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