It’s February which means prom fever is soon upon us. Time for lots of talk about “appropriate” dresses, limos, drunk driving reminders, and parents hand-wringing about prom night antics. But for some of the parents and teens of Sullivan, Indiana, prom talk includes figuring out a way to ban gay kids fromÂ Sullivan High School’s prom. To each their bigoted own!
Mywabashvalley.com reports that “a team of Valley high schoolers and parents” are pushing for a “separateÂ prom that bans gays.” A meeting took place yesterday at the Sullivan First Christian Church in which plans were hashed out to create aÂ separateÂ ”traditional prom.”
Diana Medley, a special education teacher, says that not only is homosexuality “offensive to us,” but that she doesn’t personally agree with it. Therefore LGBTQ kids should get their prom kicks elsewhere. Medley attests that she does not think children are born gay, and furthermore, she compares them to her special needs students:
“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them. It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”
But hold on there. When asked if she believes LGBTQ kids have some kind of purpose on this planet — “a reason” for being in our lives — she says no. God’s plan, as far as she esteems it, doesn’t go that far:
“No I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t. I don’t understand it. 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.”
One local student who supports “traditionalÂ prom” told the press that this isn’t necessarily about hating gays:
“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.”
So enjoy your own prom with your own punch bowl — and while we’re at it, let’s createÂ separateÂ drinking fountains, buses, and lunch rooms too! “Traditional lunch rooms” for those of us who don’t want our experience sullied with even the mere sight of a gay student.
It should be noted that not everyone in Sullivan, Indiana is championing “traditional prom” with local Jim Davis telling the press:
“We shouldn’t be condemning people, and that’s what judgement is. Christ came to save the people not to condemn them…Love them as a person. You don’t have to love what they do, because the gays may not love all the mistakes you make.”
Just so we’re all clear, I don’t think there is anything more boring sounding than “traditional prom.” Sounds like the kind of an evening where every time you go to dance with your date, you have some old biddies with rulers running between you beforeÂ beratingÂ you for wearing a dress that exposes a shoulder. “Traditional prom” sounds like the kind of a bust evening that you’d blow out at 9:15 p.m. and text your friends that you were heading to “the gay prom.”