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I am wondering if he had answered, "No I am not married, but I live with my partner...Bill (or whomever)" , if the parent in the room who had complained still would have...and he would have been still fired.
Straight people are also often not married but cohabitate with a partner for lots of different reasons. Fourth graders still have a sort of juvenial idea of "marriage". It could still be confusing for them.
Is the issue that he brought up the illegality about gay marriage? It touches on politics in the classroom which is sort of not ok right?
As a parent I would not have batted an eye at all and neither would my kids as they are aware of Gay rights and that the marriage law is discriminatory. However the teacher could have been coached on a better way to discuss it with a fourth grader and still not hide the fact that he is indeed gay.
The fact that he was let go because of that, though, is really disturbing.
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