In response to the decision by administrators at P.S. 195 in Queens to prohibit a fifth-grade student from delivering a speech on same-sex marriage, the New York Civil Liberties Union today issued the following statement, which can be attributed to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

“This is a clear case of censorship that violates this child’s First Amendment rights. Schools that act as if any mention of the existence of gay people is something too controversial or ‘sensitive’ to discuss are doing a disservice to their students.

“We urge the school to allow the child to make his inspiring speech and make this as a teachable moment to educate students about equality, free speech and the need to treat people with respect.”