Gender Non-Conforming Valedictorian

Don’t give the kid an honor like valedictorian if you’re not going to allow that same student to give the commencement speech. It’s tradition. I’m sure it’s a small school where all the students are well-known, so you knew what Christian was like and deliberately chose to take this moment away from him.

The valedictorian banned from giving a graduation speech at his Kentucky high school believes the local church diocese stopped him from speaking because he’s gender nonconforming.

“Just myself being visible and existing has threatened them, in their minds,” Christian Bales, 18, told BuzzFeed News Monday, three days after his high school barred him from giving a planned speech at its commencement ceremony.

Bales, who said he often wears makeup and traditionally feminine clothing to school events, found out he would be valedictorian of Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, three weeks ago. The distinction meant he would be able to give a speech at the school’s graduation ceremony. His best friend, Holy Cross’s student council president Katherine Frantz, was also slated to give a speech.

But on Friday morning, Holy Cross’s Principal Mike Holtz called Bales’ and Frantz’s families to say that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, which oversees their school, had deemed their speeches inappropriate to read at that evening’s graduation ceremony.

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KY Clerk Says She ‘Prayed And Fasted’ Before Deciding To Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses

I’d say it’s about time for Miss Davis to retire if she’s unable to follow the law – for any reason. Why should these couples be inconvenienced by her religion? If she resigns and leaves it to her deputies as she said, why is there an assumption that they would have just as big an issue with it as she does?

A Kentucky county clerk says she “prayed and fasted” before ultimately deciding to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether in the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is facing a federal class action lawsuit brought against her by two gay couples and two straight couples after she refused to issue them marriage licenses, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Davis, who is reportedly a Apostolic Christian and attends church three times a week, testified July 20 in a Covington, Kentucky courtroom that she “sought God” as she contemplated her options for months ahead of the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling on marriage equality.

“It was something I had prayed and fasted over,” she said, according to The Lexington Herald-Leader. “It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.” Issuing licenses under her name, she added, would violate her religious beliefs, even if a deputy clerk were to do so in her stead. “If I say they are authorized, I’m saying I agree with it, and I can’t.”

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