Here's what she had to say regarding rumors about her son's sexuality:
"My son was not gay. He wanted to be married and have a family and travel all over the world. And it wouldn't matter if he was — I have a daughter who's gay.
Marie went on to say how her daughter was offended by the rumors, because they implied that "everyone who's gay commits suicide."
Gay or straight, it's a terrible tragedy when a teenager takes their own life out of depression.
If you're feeling depressed, you should never let it get to the point where ending your life is the only answer. There's always a better solution. Whatever your sexuality may be, it can get better. You need to try as hard as you can to be strong and seek help and guidance during your time of need.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Marie and her family during this difficult time.
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