Several students, teachers, and parents at Sullivan High School in Indiana are fighting to have a separate and, what they label as, “traditional” prom that bars homosexual couples from attending, an article on the Huffington Post says on Feb. 11.
Diana Medley, a special education teacher at the school, voiced these ideas to NBC 2/My Wabash Valley. She is defending a group of students who are arguing in favor of an alternate prom strictly for heterosexual couples.
"Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them," Medley told the news station. "It's the same thing with my special needs kids; I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason." When further questioned if she thinks gay people have a purpose in life, she replied with an emphatic no: “I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't ... A gay person isn't going to come up and make some change unless it's to realize that it was a choice and they're choosing God."
On Feb. 10, Medley along with several students and parents, met to discuss plans for an alternate prom that would bar homosexual couples for attending. One of the students explains, “We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don't think it's right nor should it be accepted.” If you are barring a certain group of people from attending an event, that’s not love or understanding.
A Facebook page has been created in support of homosexual couples attending one single prom with every other couple. The page is titled “Support the Sullivan High School Prom for All Students.” As of this writing, the page as acquired over 1,000 likes.
LGBT activist Dan Savage had this to say: "There's no way to stop the haters at Sullivan High School from holding an independent prom for the special bigoted kids. But here's what we can do: we can make a noise so loud enough that all the queer kids at Sullivan High School hear it. Those kids need to know that there are people -- a lot of people -- who think this sh*t is wrong."
There have been events like this before. In 2010, a girl from Mississippi was awarded $35,000 when her school canceled their prom for everyone, as opposed to simply allowing the girl to attend with her girlfriend.
For more, check out the Huffington Post article.