Peter LaBarbera, the virulently anti-gay leader of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says that a public school should be able to punish a student merely for speaking out in favor of marriage equality. OneNewsNow, the AFA’s “news” organization, reports:
According to KTLA.com, Joe Abell, assistant principal at Fullerton Joint Union High School in California, has apologized for disqualifying Kearian Gertz for making statements in support of homosexual “marriage” during last week’s Mr. Fullerton Pageant.
When the student was asked where he sees himself in ten years, he responded, “I just want to be able to sit on the couch by the person I love and happily proclaim that we’re married. Hopefully, ten years from now I’ll be able to do that, if ‘gay marriage’ is legal.”Though the school has acknowledged that Gertz’s comments did not violate any school rules, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) points out that officials should represent the parents’ say-so.
“Parents through their school officials have the right to affirm their moral beliefs,” he asserts. “If advocating for sodomy-based ‘marriage,’ so called, is extremely controversial in the eyes of the parents, especially at a public venue, they should have the right to make that policy known. In other words, it doesn’t seem to me it’s a pure … free speech issue.”
If you reversed the situation, LaBarbera would be throwing a massive fit about free speech. But since he disagrees with the view expressed, it’s okay for the school to censor it.