A group of students, parents, and a teacher from Indiana are asking for a ‘traditional’ prom that would ban gay students from it. According to NBC 2/My Wabash Valley, has reported that Diana Medley has been defending a group of students from Sullivan High School who want a ‘traditional’ prom.
“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them,” Medley said in an interview with the station. “It’s the same thing with my special needs kids; I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”
Medley was asked by the station if gay people have a purpose in life and she responded with, “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.”
There was a meeting on February 10 at the Sullivan First Christian Church attended by Medley, students, and parents. The meeting was to discuss how gay students can be banned from the prom. “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,” one unidentified student said.
In response to this request, a Facebook page called “Support The Sullivan High School Prom For All Students,” was created. So far the page has more than 1,000 likes. LGBT activist Dan Savage wrote the following on his blog about this news:
“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.”
This has happened in the past, most notably back in 2010. This is when a teen from Mississippi was awarded $35,000 when her high school decided to cancel its prom instead of allowing the lesbian teen to attend the dance with her girlfriend. The teen, Constance McMillen, told the Associated Press the following in an interview when the incident came to light three years ago:
“I knew it was a good cause, but sometimes it really got to me. I knew it would change things for others in the future and I kept going and I kept pushing.”