California high school student Kearian Gertz was booted from a pageant for declaring that he hopes gay marriage is legalized in the next 10 years.

Assistant Principal Joe Abell on Tuesday reportedly pulled Gertz from the competition for senior male students at Fullerton Union High School, KTLA-TV reported.

During the Mr. Fullerton Pageant's question and answer period, Gertz was asked where he saw himself in 10 years.

“I just wanted to be able to sit on the couch by the person I love and happily proclaim that we're married,” Gertz told the station. “Hopefully, 10 years from now I'll be able to do that if gay marriage is legal.”

Abell questioned Gertz as he came off the stage.

“'Why would you say something like that?'” Gertz said Abell asked him before telling him he was disqualified.

Some students protested the decision with letters asking Abell, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

Fullerton Joint Union High School District Superintendent George Giokaris said in a statement that Gertz had not violated any school rules.

“The district has concluded that the matter was not handled appropriately by the assistant principal,” Giokaris said. “The district believes that the matter should have been handled privately with the student by the assistant principal.”

On Wednesday, Abell apologized publicly over the school's public-address system. (A video report is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)