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Gay Student Kicked Out of High School Pageant for Making Remarks in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

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On Tuesday night during Fullerton Union High School's annual "Mr. Fullerton" pageant, a "semi-humorous event hosted by the ASB for senior boys," one participant's reply to the interview question got him booted out of the competition, according to the OC Register, and that reply happened to indicate he was gay and in favor of same-sex marriage.

When asked where he saw himself in ten years, the student replied that "he hoped to find the love of his life, marry him and hoped gay marriage would be legal."

Turns out saying that got him DQ'd from the high school's spoof-y pageant by the school's Assistant Principal.

But as it also turns out, that school administrator was the one in the wrong: The teen's reply did not break any school rules, and Wednesday morning found the Asst. Principal offering a public apology over the school's PA system.

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"The district has concluded that the matter was not handled appropriately by the assistant principal," Fullerton Joint Union High School District Superintendent George Giokaris said, noting that it should have been handled privately with the student.

Giokaris also said he could not disclose if the Asst. Principal was disciplined. A group of students are already planning a protest campaign against the administrator, though, and plan to deliver letters addressed to the school employee asking "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"

This March 24, 2012 video shows the Senior Boys of Mr. Fullerton 2012 doing a dance number: