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Students, teachers: No gay kids at prom

Some teens, parents and teachers at an Indiana school are fighting to ban gays for a ‘traditional’ prom.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Feb 11, 2013 6:17PM

A group of several students, parents, and at least one teacher at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana are lobbying for a "traditional prom" that would ban gay students from attending reports Huffington Post.

Administrators at Sullivan High School are not backing the movement, so the group is considering the possibility of a "separate but equal" prom.

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“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,” student Bonnie McCammon told NBC 2.

Several local pastors also support the separate prom movement.

"Christians have always been prepared for a fight. Jesus gave us armor for the front, not the back; we're not running anymore," Bill Phegley with Carlisle Church told NBC 2.

Meanwhile, a Facebook page, Support The Sullivan High School Prom For All Students, is gaining momentum in defense of the school's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) student body. Currently, the page has over 2,300 likes.

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Seattle-based LGBT activist Dan Savage also weighed in on the subject in his blog:

"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."

Do you think it’s OK for schools to have a "traditional" prom and an "alternative" prom?

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Feb 12, 2013 2:12PM
This is so lame. Half the people who claim to be gay are just jumping on the bandwagon so they have something to fill their empty lives. All of a sudden everyone is gay, yeah right. True gay people like the ones we grew up with wouldn't let stuff like this bother them, they knew acceptance would never be gained by force or flamboyance. The more push the more resistance they will receive. By the way a true Christian knows we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Yes straight and gay alike need to turn from their sins and seek Jesus.
Feb 12, 2013 5:51AM
Most sanctimonious Christians are bigots who use their religion and the Bible as an excuse for their bad behavior. If they stated they wanted a "separate, but equal" prom for whites and blacks, we all know what would happen. Why is this any different? One prom for all students or no prom. Period.
Feb 12, 2013 2:07AM
Lobbying for this kind of behavior is the most un-christ thing anyone could do. To say 'Jesus gave us armor for the front' is a front for people's own hate-filled ways ideologies they call: morals. This has nothing to do with morals. If the school was responsible they wouldn't allow this kind of thing to happen. We will look back at history at stories like this and say: I can't believe this kind of thing happened. Great way to care about your students way to go - singling them out, making it so they can't participate, and basically saying we don't accept you as a person at all. 
Feb 12, 2013 12:59AM
This saddens me greatly.  I mean, really?  I thought we were getting past this, but I see there are still a large group of intolerant and idiotic people who use religion to attack individual rights.
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