Two proms could be offered to students in an Indiana town this spring.
Several parents and students at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Ind., recently met at a church to discuss holding a separate prom—one that would ban gay students from attending, according to NBC 2 in Terra Haute, Ind.
"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," a local student told the television station.
Several pastors in the community support the idea, according to the TV station, as does a special education teacher at a nearby school system. According to theindychannel.com, Diana Medley, who teaches at nearby North Central Jr./Sr. High School in the Northeast School Corporation, told NBC 2 that she doesn't believe anyone is born gay.
"We don't agree with it (homosexuality), and it's offensive to us," Medley told the TV station. "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."
The issue has gained a lot of attention outside _the city of just more than 4,200_. More than 23,000 Facebook users as of Tuesday evening had “liked” a page titled Support the Sullivan High School Prom for All Students. Also among those speaking out against the separate prom is media pundit Dan Savage, who in a blog post [Warning: Language may not be safe for work] encouraged readers to email school administrators to speak up in defense of gay students.
Since the meeting at the church, the high school’s principal weighed in on the matter, saying that no one will be banned from the prom.
"That's not your business to question whether or not two girls can go to the prom together," Sullivan High School Principal David Springer told WTHI TV.
Meanwhile, WTHI reports that the group that met at the church will continue to look into alternative prom options.
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