Michigan Teacher Suspended for Allowing “Same Love” in Class
Yet another reason why we’re glad we live in Washington.
With just a week to go until marriage equality becomes a reality in Washington state, this story on Gawker reminds us how trendsetting we are: A performing arts teacher at a suburban Michigan middle school was suspended for three days for allowing a student to play "Same Love," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's ode to gay marriage, in class.
The eighth-grade student got the green light once the song was deemed free of profanity and violence; and the teacher said she thought the students might learn from "the song's message of acceptance and 'tolerance to diversity.'" One student felt differently and complained to the administration. (Read the full story here. Don't bother with the original Fox 2 affiliate story, which refers to Ben Haggerty, aka Macklemore, as "underground rapper Ben Maclemore.") The teacher plans to seek recourse with the help of the ACLU. UPDATED 11/29. Macklemore responds on his website, calling the suspension "completely out of line" and "unjust."
This all went down at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, a developing, semi-rural suburb of Detroit that’s been described as "a hotbed of real estate and golf."
Meanwhile, back in Seattle, marriage ceremonies will be held at City Hall on December 9 (noon–5) and the Paramount Theatre will hold an open (and free) wedding reception, from 6pm on, with champagne, cake, and entertainment.