I'm still digesting the story out of Lafayette, Louisiana about the seven year old boy who was punished for using the word "gay" in school. Apparently, the boy was asked by a classmate about his parents. The boy is being raised by lesbian partners (not that there's anything wrong with that) so he told his classmate that his mother was gay and what gay meant.
Apparently, "gay" is a naughty word in Lafayette, even when the subject in question happens to be gay. This seven year old had to come to school early and repeatedly write "I will never use the word 'gay' in school again". The American Civil Liberties Union has rightfully filed a complaint.
What exactly is this world coming to? In the year 2003, all notions of the nuclear family are long gone. You've got kids being raised by Grandma, their big sister, their single dad, and yes, even homosexual couples. From where I'm sitting, there was absolutely nothing wrong with using the word "gay" to describe your gay mother when asked about your parents. I demand that this boy's teacher, principal and superintendent find a blackboard and a nice piece of chalk and start writing 200 times the following: "Happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction and to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demeanor themselves as good citizens." It's from President George Washington.