Christian Bales, the high school valedictorian at Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, was banned from giving his speech at the graduation ceremony.
The reason given by the school was that the speech was too political and didn't keep in line with Catholic values.
Tim Fitzgerald, spokesman for the Diocese of Covington said:
When the proposed speeches were received, they were found to contain elements that were political and inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church.
That didn't sit well for Bales, an openly gay eighteen-year-old who will study biology next year at the University of Louisville. Bales feels the ban stemmed from the knowledge that he and Student Council President Katherine Frantz, who was also barred from giving her speech, were well-known for being outspoken on social issues.
Bales told WCPO-TV:
The [student council] president is my best friend, and we have been two huge advocates for social reform in our community, which has likely put us on the radar for the diocese.