Some Awesome Loving Midwest Christians Want A Separate Prom That Bans Gay Students

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gay promIt’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 from Sullivan High School’s prom. To each their bigoted own! reports that “a team of Valley high schoolers and parents” are pushing for a “separate prom that bans gays.” A meeting took place yesterday at the Sullivan First Christian Church in which plans were hashed out to create a separate “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 “traditional 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 create separate 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 before berating 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.”

(photo: @erics / Shutterstock)


  1. Cee

    February 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    The teacher should be fired. Students confide and her and she does not believe they have a purpose in life?! Fuck her! Seriously!

    I hate when people say they love “the gays” yet don’t believe they should have the same rights as they do. They have the audacity to get mad when people call them bigoted or homophobic, um…examine what you’re saying very slowly, bigot.

    • ccat25

      February 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      They’re delusional

  2. LRO

    February 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I love when people call other people bigots. They just seem so tolerant and accepting!

    • Cee

      February 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      So…I must be tolerant and accepting to people who want to treat a whole group of people as less than anybody else? Its like asking me to hug a nazi or take a Westboro Baptist out to lunch, which you’d probably do, huh?

      Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own OPINIONS and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance

      It is YOUR OPINION that makes bad or less than treatment of a group okay. The word Bigot is a FACTUAL explanation to what YOU ARE.

    • Diana P

      February 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I would hug a Nazi. Or a member of the WBC. Because every person, bigoted or no, is a person with inherent dignity deserving of love and respect. That’s being a Christian.

      This woman is hateful, and shouldn’t be a teacher. But she isn’t doing anything illegal (and she probably realizes, as the haters do these days) that she can’t get the actual school to ban gay kids because that would be illegal. So not only is she tormenting gay kids, she’s tormenting straight kids too by making them choose between the two events.

      I would however, as a fellow Christian, like to see her policing the ban on mixed fabrics at the enterance to either prom. And of course, no shellfish.

    • meg

      February 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      And banning all the football players (touching unclean pigskin), followed by a rousing stoning of all the non-virgins.

    • Avodah

      February 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      I sure wold not hug someone who sewed Siamese twins together and all sorts of lovely “experiments” on people. Or threw babies out of windows. Or gassed people to death. Or made them rune for miles, nude, in th snow. That’s what Nazi’s did, Diana P. they were humans, but whether or not they “deserve love and respect” is another story.

      Btw- I , along with millions of other Jews, adhere to the shellfish ban.

    • Diana P

      February 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Avodah, I get where you are coming from. I’ve visited concentration camps in my travels and have an understanding, as those of us who didn’t actually live through that experience do, of the horrors of what went on there. (And I don’t require a lecture, thanks).

      That said, people are more than their worst act. Every person has inherent dignity as one of God’s creatures. People who do horrible things are still people.

      I’m sure given how strongly you feel about the dignity of all people that no one on Earth should be in the business of deciding who is a person and who is not. Because that was the real horror of the Nazi regime, wasn’t it?

      As for the shellfish thing — you completely miss my point. If Diana Medley is going to harass children because of one bible verse, surely she holds all of the others in that section of the to be true as well, including the ban on shellfish and mixed fabric.

    • meg

      February 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Hey, when someone starts saying bigots aren’t allowed to attend prom because of their beliefs, I’ll come to their defense, too. Doesn’t mean I’ll ever shrink from calling someone out on their hateful opinions.

    • ccat25

      February 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      LOL. Because bigots are so tolerant and accepting.

    • Sara

      February 13, 2013 at 5:14 am

      Calling someone out when they attempt to blatantly discriminate against a minority group is not bigotry.

      The problem is not with this group’s BELIEFS. If you believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God, then it is your right to believe and even say so (however much I and many others might disagree). If it had only gone as far as this group’s BELIEFS, there wouldn’t be an outcry like this.

      No, the problem was when they expected a public school, a government entity that’s bound by, among other things, anti-discrimination laws, to sanction and condone their discrimination against gay students by holding a school-sponsored event and excluding said students. If they want to hold a private event, off school grounds, not bearing the school’s name or sponsored by the school in any way (and that includes not being sponsored by faculty acting in a professional capacity), then they have every right to do so and invite or not invite whomever they want. But that’s not what they’re trying to do here; they want a SCHOOL event to exclude a minority group based on their personal and religious objections.

      It’s fine to believe that homosexuality is wrong; no one is saying that you have to like or accept it. What’s not fine is expecting a government institution to sanction and condone your prejudices.

      The bigotry here is in the attempted ACTION, not in the opinions.

      In other news, I love it when people try to pull out the argument of “If you try to call me out on my hateful attempts at discrimination, that means you’re just as bad as me! You’re a bigot, too!” No, sorry. That argument doesn’t fly unless someone is saying that you have no right to your religious beliefs and you MUST accept and like homosexuality or it makes you a terrible person who’s sinning against God and doesn’t have the same rights as anyone else. I haven’t seen anyone make that argument, though.

  3. Emmali Lucia

    February 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    So let me get this straight. I don’t believe in a magical giant in the sky, I’m also quite offended about the things this magical being has supposedly done in the past and the things that people have done in his name. Do I get my own super special “traditional” prom? Damn, I went to high school during the wrong era…

  4. LOVE

    February 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Medley thinks they have no purpose in LIFE? Are you joking? I would move the issue to BAN this teacher! What student of ANY sexuality, gender, race, mental capacity or ethnicity deserves to be taught by a woman with this kind of mentality? LGBTQ people, keep pushing forward. You should be allowed to enjoy your high school prom just like any other kid, without having to be discriminated against! “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1). Medley, read Colossians 1:16 again, I wonder how you might feel if the tables were turned…. ps- isn’t this a PUBLIC school? Why is the church getting involved?

    • ccat25

      February 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I agree completely about it being a public school. Also, I can’t believe Medley compared LGBTQ students to her “special needs” students. What a hateful woman. She shouldn’t be in the classroom.

    • Alice Longworth

      February 12, 2013 at 2:29 am

      Truly horrifying that this woman is allowed near impressionable minds. Not only is her bigotry appalling but her reasoning is grade-school level. She “can’t understand” homosexuality so therefore homosexual persons have no purpose to God!! I feel pretty sure in guessing that this woman doesn’t understand physics, tax law, or microbiology (and I’m pretty sure evolution); I guess that God has no reason for any of that stuff. Does this twatwaffle really think that God is limited to her own meager understanding? Seems a rather arrogant attitude.

  5. Stephanie

    February 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I live in Sullivan. I do not personally attend the school, but I have many friends that do.

    This article is incredibly ignorant. There are a whopping total of 3 gay couples that attend this school. Our town is a small town, and we take pride in our traditional morals and Christian faith. We do love the students, but we have always maintained that for one single night, they maintain a sense of class. We don’t care who they dance with, who they sit with, or who they go home with; they are fighting about being announced in the grand march as a couple. All we have asked is that they go with a friend of the opposite sex to the grand march, and then after they may do what they wish! However, this would not generate enough attention, apparently.

    We have many students in our school, and we have said that the gays are allowed at the grand march; we are simply offering an alternative to those who do not wish to compromise their faith. The gays wanted in the prom, and they are; we will not disallow them entrance. However, we do maintain the right to offer traditional alternatives. We are respecting their rights; can you not even muster up respect for ours?

    • Anne Cordelia

      February 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      It’s not classy to attend prom with someone that you love, but it’s somehow classy to lie about yourself (ie. attending the march with someone who’s not their date)? Okay.

      Stop dressing this up. You’re a bigot. Your “values” are opinion based, and shouldn’t be pushed on to anyone else. If you want to believe something, fine. It’s when you push your opinions on how life should be lived on others that it becomes a problem. How would you feel if someone came and told you, “Hey, you’re a Christian, and we love and respect that, really we do. Honest. But since that doesn’t jive with our ‘values’ we’re going to need you to pretend to recite a Hindu prayer for the march, okay? Just keep it classy for one night.” Would you feel oppressed? Would you feel like it was ridiculous and unfair? Yes, of course you would. Try putting yourself in others’ situations before espousing that this or that thing SHOULD be okay with any group of people. Strop forcing your beliefs on others. Until then, you remain a bigot.

    • Tinyfaeri

      February 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      You’re not respecting anything about “the gays,” though I get the feeling that trying to explain that to you would be a waste of time.

    • Lawcat

      February 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Haha! I love “the gays!” “The gays” are always trying to ruin stuff….with their try in’ to be included as equals and all.

    • Tinyfaeri

      February 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I know, right? Silly gays.
      Sigh. :/

    • meg

      February 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      If you’re not letting them participate on the same level as everyone else, you are not respecting their rights, by definition. How is allowing them full participation not respecting *your* rights? No one is preventing you from existing as your particular segment of Christianity. You can believe whatever you want. It’s the forcing those beliefs on the community at large that’s the problem. No where – NO WHERE – in the law or the Constitution does it give you the right to never see something that would ever make you uncomfortable ever ever. (E.g. a gay couple marching in the parade.)

      The fact that there are only a very few (out) couples (I can guarantee you there are more who haven’t come forward) doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable to your community.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      February 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      No, I don’t generally have respect for bigotry. Have fun being on the wrong side of history.

    • Diana P

      February 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Quick question, Steph —

      Are you going to be checking to see that couples aren’t wearing fabrics made from multiple materials? (Leviticus 19:19) Serving shellfish? (Leviticus 11:9-12)
      Stoning any non-virgins? (Deut. 22:13-21)

      ‘Cause that’s a ‘traditional alternative’ I could get behind. Let me know where I can buy tickets! (No lions tho, right? I mean, after what happened at the coliseum … )

    • Reba Burt-Grimmer

      February 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      I grew up close to Sullivan. Attended Linton and Shakamak schools… I have to say, this truly breaks my heart. Why can we not accept that we are all equal.

      My heart goes out to all those hurt by this hateful intolerance.

      I’m not religious, but even I know this one 😉
      “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone”
      (John 8:7)

    • Lawcat

      February 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      So, for a whopping 3 couples of “the gays” you need to organize a separate prom. Classy!

      You do realize you have to “allow” “the gays” to be announced at the grand march, correct? I’m glad that your grace and love will “allow” them to participate.

      I’m concerned for my fellow “Christian” brethren, though. Aren’t they compromising their faith in even attending classes with “the gays?” I mean, if attending a prom with “the gays” where we Christians are so graciously willing to let them sit, dance, and go home together (but not be announced! That’s too much!) for one night is considered compromising our faith, then my goodness, what about the rest of the school year?

      We need to stop these first amendment, public school loving, equal rights liberal hippies from denying us the ability to ostracize others. It’s the “Christian” way. //sarcasm.

    • K.

      February 12, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Hi Stephanie. To illustrate the ignorance, prejudice, and woeful immorality of what you just wrote, I’m going to use your own words, except I’m going to substitute another underrepresented group instead of gay:

      “This article is incredibly ignorant. There are a whopping total of 3
      interracial couples that attend this school. Our town is a small town, and we
      take pride in our traditional morals and Christian faith. We do love the
      African-Americans, but we have always maintained that for one single night, they
      maintain a sense of class. We don’t care who they dance with, who they
      sit with, or who they go home with; they are fighting about being
      announced in the grand march as a couple. All we have asked is that they
      go with a friend of the same race to the grand march, and then after
      they may do what they wish! However, this would not generate enough
      attention, apparently.

      We have many students in our school, and we have said that the blacks
      are allowed at the grand march; we are simply offering an alternative to
      those who do not wish to compromise their faith. The blacks wanted in the
      prom, and they are; we will not disallow them entrance. However, we do
      maintain the right to offer traditional alternatives. We are respecting
      their rights; can you not even muster up respect for ours?”

      Your words are vile; your position is indefensible; and people like you are poison. How dare you? Really–how dare you pervert the Word of God and spread intolerance and hate in the name of Jesus Christ? Jesus, the same revolutionary who broke bread with sinners and had disciples that included a shifty tax collector and a prostitute? Jesus, the model for loving all of humanity?

      This article is ignorant? I might concede that perhaps the article is inaccurate or inexact or insufficient. But ignorant? No, dear, YOU are ignorant. Perhaps you should learn what the word means and how to use it in context and maybe then you will understand how it applies to you.

    • Véronique Houde

      February 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Hey K. I think that you’re right to think that Stephanie’s opinion is off point. You have a right to express your opinion, and I like the fact that you try and use imagery to explain your point. But by calling her a name, do you think that you’re gonna convince her to change her mind? Is bullying a bully an acceptable way to deal with bullying? Is attacking someone who is violent an acceptable way of putting an end to violence? Is rejecting someone from society who wants to reject others the only way of making sure that society is all-inclusive? Having been attacked myself by you for an opinion that differed from your own, I would encourage you to change your tactics. I didn’t respond to your point because I saw no point in it – you were simply there to stomp me into the ground. I actually disagreed with your comparison and could have countered if I felt as though there was space for discussion, but there was not. I just wanted to let you know that it’s not because someone doesn’t respond to you that they are necessarily bowing to your will. You seem like you’re really smart, and that you have great intentions. But unfortunately, the ends in these cases don’t justify the means. If you really want people to accept others, you have to start by being more respectful yourself, and put the arrogant tone of your posts aside. Unless you’re only on here to prove yourself smarter than others.

    • jessica

      February 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I honestly don’t see a difference between what K said to Stephanie and what you said to K. How was she any less respectful than you?

    • Julia

      February 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Take a look at the rest of the comments. Why is this one any different? I don’t think anyone agrees with Stephanie and plenty of people are rude.

    • Alice Longworth

      February 12, 2013 at 2:08 am

      What do you and your ilk know about “a sense of class?” “The gays” indeed! At least you are not a teacher like other horridly ignorant woman mentioned in the article. Just what rights would you you like us to respect? Hatred, bigotry, intolerance? Just how does one “compromise their faith” by loving others as they would be loved and by and reaching out to those who society often rejects? Sounds like a perfect opportunity to demonstrate ones faith.

    • Paul White

      February 12, 2013 at 5:07 am

      If you’re proud of segregation, it frigging sucks to be you.

    • KB1006

      February 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      I also live in Indiana, about forty miles north of Sullivan. This whole fiasco is distressing, to say the least. It is my understanding that the local news stations misinformed the public and made it sound like the high school itself was attempting to ban gays when, in fact, this idea came from the local church.

      But the fact of the matter is that Diana Medley, the teacher at the school, is not doing herself, the high school, or her church a favor. She is certainly entitled to her own beliefs, but separation of church and state is in place for a reason and she has an obligation as a teacher to ensure she keeps her beliefs separate from her job. I’m sorry, but I don’t care how God-fearing you are, how much you love Jesus, or what your beliefs are–if you are a teacher and a Christian, the two should be completely separate. Otherwise, things like this happen.

      I agree with Anna Cordelia. You really are painting yourself as a bigot. Having a gay couple announced at the Grand March isn’t going to hurt you or your beliefs. You are not going to catch “the gay” from it. You can say it violates your beliefs all you want, but what if your religion violates a gay person’s beliefs? It’s a two-way street.

      If the prom takes place at the school, then all couples–not just the heterosexual ones–should have the right to be announced. It’s a school, not a church; therefore, it is separate from your beliefs. If you seriously can’t handle that, then maybe you should consider resigning from the real world, where you might be contaminated by anything different than yourself and your beliefs.

    • Véronique Houde

      February 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Basically, you’re asking teenagers to hide who they are to be able to pretend for 5 minutes at the prom that homosexuality doesn’t exist. If you think it’s okay in this context to have people not be 100% who they want to be, in what other contexts would you also try to force this?

    • kiki

      February 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      oh Stephanie…your comments make me embarrassed to be of the “same” faith as you. I am also a Christian. Regardless of my personal convictions, I find the idea of a separate prom to be hateful and heartbreaking. As so many others have already pointed out, Jesus himself was criticized by the Pharisees (the Religious Right of the Bible) for associating with tax collectors (notorious for thievery) and prostitutes. Spoiler alert…he didn’t just *associate* with them; he broke bread with them and was invested in their lives. Reread the NT and then tell me how you defend such a position

    • kiki

      February 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Also curious if those students who would be engaging in “typical” sexy prom night antics would be asked to have a separate prom since the NT has some pretty strong things to say about sex before marriage.

    • Allen Linville

      February 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      I cannot respect your right to be a bigot. It was tradition to not admit blacks, catholics and Jews. Do you still want those traditions in the 21st century?

    • Leigha7

      August 10, 2013 at 12:35 am

      My school had a tradition of people being walked onto the field or court by their parents on Senior Night, with their names and their parents’ names being read over the loudspeakers. Should children of single/unmarried parents have had to get a “proper” couple to walk them onto the field, to show a “sense of class”? I mean, how awful for those bastard children to go out there and have it be announced, in front of God and everyone, that their mom *gasp* wasn’t married. I’m amazed no one died from the shock of hearing such awful things.

      Or, you know, speaking as someone who was in that situation, it was actually sort of awkward being one of the few people not accompanied by a mom and a dad, even though everyone in the community knew my family and probably couldn’t have cared less. Likewise, I’m sure the gay kids in your school aren’t just desperate for attention. It’s entirely possible they actually are a little anxious about being announced as part of a same-sex couple at prom, but at the same time, they want to be part of things and be treated the same way as their peers do. No one is asking YOU, or any other straight couple, to walk with a friend for the grand march instead of with your date. Why should they?

      Honestly, that’s the same sort of logic as, “Banning same-sex marriage isn’t discriminatory! Gay people have the same right to marry someone of the opposite sex as anyone else!” Yes, of course. Because everyone should have the right to enter into a loveless marriage with someone they have no sexual attraction to and make life miserable for both people involved and any potential children they may have. That’s true, everyone should have that right, but they should also have the right to be with someone they love and care about and be part of a happy, wonderful relationship.

      But that’s probably just about attention too, right?

  6. Sarah

    February 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Disturbing, disgusting and ignorant. How about instead of taking pride in “traditional morals and Christian faith”, you take pride in being decent human beings and actually living the loving and accepting Christian life you claim to eschew? The fact that you equate denying someone of their basic equality with “maintain[ing] a sense of class” is terrifyingly 1950s of you. Someone save Sullivan! I refuse to believe the general population is this close-minded.

  7. meg

    February 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I love the part of the Bible where Jesus said “No gays at prom.” I think it was John 8:7?

    No, wait, that was “Let he who is without sin …”

    • ccat25

      February 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      LOL. I know, right?

    • Alice Longworth

      February 12, 2013 at 1:53 am

      While most people in the Bible were anit-gay, not JC. After Jesus turned water into wine at the first wedding, he went to a gay wedding and turned water into Cosmos (I’m thinking it was the book of Tad?)

  8. ccat25

    February 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    This disgusts me. It is segregation plain and simple. Also, Stephanie, the article is not ignorant. YOU are along with all the other bigots in that town that think this is OK.

  9. Kel

    February 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    This teacher is pretty much everything wrong with the world in one person, as far as I’m concerned.

    Someone should tell Diana Medley that NO ONE gives a fuck regarding her opinion on whether gay people are born gay because people ARE. Okay? That’s the way it is. That’s the scientific consensus on homosexuality. One “believing” that the sun revolves around the earth and that dinosaurs are God’s hoax and that global warming is not real does not make it so. WHY IS ANYONE LISTENING TO THESE PEOPLE??

  10. Angi Hillin

    February 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Wait? They are pushing for a seperate prom that bans gays…sooo that means the rest of the kids (including the gay kids) get a traditional prom that’s “christian” free?


  11. Jenna

    February 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Railing against this poor teacher who’s just following God’s law is totally unfair. God is very clear on his position of such acts in the Bible, “And thou shalt not dance next to a gay whilst one is wearing a tux or corsage, thus sayeth the Lord.” -Gospel According to STFU, verse 3.

  12. Tea

    February 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Oh Indiana, you keep reminding me why my partner and I moved to a nicer state, got married, and now pay their taxes and contribute to their community.

    • LindsayCross

      February 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

      As a Hoosier, my state makes me sad. Very, very, very sad. And there are times that I question whether it’s worth staying. But almost our entire extended family is here, with a 20-minute drive, and that’s just so hard to leave.

    • Tea

      February 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      I ultimately bailed because I couldn’t take the idea of spending the possible rest of my life (because let’s face it, IN, OH, KY and TN won’t legalize gay marriage without a federal mandate) without the legal security that comes with marriage. And the discrimination laws are… ambiguous at best. I went to school in Ohio and lived in Indiana for a while, no more than two hours away from the entirety of my family with almost everyone I knew and loved being along route 24.

      I’m now 14 hours away from any shred of family I had, and the distance hurts. I can’t watch my nephew grow up outside of facebook photos, I get the occasional phone call and it feels like everything is happening a world away. So I really do understand where you’re coming from. It’s been a hard choice, to stay with the love and support of family, or to be legally and socially “safe” in a state where I can hold my husband’s hand and not have slurs hurled.

    • LindsayCross

      February 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      And the fact that you have to make that choice is just despicable. From one Hoosier to a former-Hoosier, I truly wish it didn’t have to be like that. I hope that someday, it won’t be like that.

  13. pam

    February 13, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I am a Christian. I believe that the Bible clearly states that the Gay lifestyle is not what God intended. That being said, I have had lesbian friends who knew how I felt about thier lifestyle. It was just that, their choice, just as my lifestyle is my choice. It is not my place to judge. However, if the students who disagree with the gay lifestyle choose not to go and want to have their own prom, isn’t that also their choice?

    • Lucinda

      February 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      It’s not a choice, do you think that they chose to be mistreated and not accepted by people (some in their own family), have to tell every single person they meet “I’m gay” then await judgment? No, nobody choses that, people are born gay, it’s not an illness that you can cure or something that if you ignore it goes away. There is an equal chance of you being gay, to me being gay, Micheal Jordan or Obama being gay. So it may come as a dissapointment to find out that people don’t choose to be harshly judged and be marginated by their supposed friends and family. Its like if you were born with black skin and wanted to be white: you can try to change it all you want, but if it’s not right, it’s not right; and there’s nothing you can do to change it.

    • Leigha7

      August 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

      I’m sure you’ve heard of people desperately wishing, hoping, and praying to not be gay (and, oddly enough, still being gay after years of doing so). If sexual orientation was a choice, this would be impossible, yet it happens all the time. Care to explain how that works?

      You can argue against people being born gay if you want (though there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it is partially genetic and largely due to hormones in utero), but you definitely cannot argue that it’s a choice. It makes no logical sense for it to be. If someone “chooses” to be straight or gay, they are probably, in reality, bisexual and just choosing to ignore their attraction to one gender or the other.

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  16. Lori Beth Johnson

    April 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    The prom was last night and from what I understand only four couples went to the other prom/or sat out this one because of the same-sex couples. So plenty of Christians went to the official prom. I live in a nearby town and started a FB page to support the school all inclusive prom

  17. Aaron

    May 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    My prediction is that there will be about 6 people at the “Traditional Prom” and the rest will at the good prom with the LGBT kids.

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