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Published September 17, 2012, 09:25 PM

Controversial shirt pops up at Ada-Borup school

Ada, MN (WDAY TV) - Messages showing support for major political issues are popping up in front yards, on bumper stickers, and now, in schools.

Ada, MN (WDAY TV) - Messages showing support for major political issues are popping up in front yards, on bumper stickers, and now, in schools.

Students in the Ada-Borup School District caused controversy for wearing shirts against gay marriage.

This was the shirt that started it all in the Ada-Borup School District, saying marriage is between one man, and one woman.

Chasity Peterson, son attends Ada-Borup: "School isn't the place for those shirts.”

For Chastity Peterson's son's Matthew, this shirt hits home.

He came out a year ago.

Peterson: "We talked to him a lot when he came out to us and I said to him, things in life are going to hit you a little harder, you know, it's not as accepted."

Peterson says Matthew came home from school saying he was uncomfortable, and didn't want to go back, after seeing fellow classmates wear shirts against same-sex marriage.

Peterson: "It's not like it really, really hurt him. He didn't show it that way, but then 17-year-old boys aren't going to show hurt."

The school says students can wear t-shirts with messages on one side or the other, simply because it's the student's right to freedom of speech. It says it even contacted the school's lawyer, just to make sure it wasn't crossing any boundaries.

Supt. Mike Kolness, Ada-Borup School District: "If we feel there is a personal attack on people or a group, we would definitely step in."

Ada-Borup's Superintendent says so far, the shirts are not causing a significant disturbance, and they fit within the dress code.

He says it allows them to express opinions.

Kolness: "It's a subject that is going to get voted on sooner or later, and right now the students wear it to school, vote yes, and other students expressing the other side today."

The countdown is on.

Less than 2 months until people vote on an amendment to Minnesota's constitution that would restrict marriage to be between a man and a woman.

To counter-act the shirts against same-sex marriage, Peterson and his friends wore shirts in support today.

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