Ind. Town Wants 'Traditional' Prom—Sans Gays
But not everybody in the town of Sullivan is on board
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2013 2:02 PM CST
An Indiana high school would like a traditional prom, please.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An Indiana town is abuzz over a plan to hold a competing prom with a "traditional" theme—ie, one in which gay students are banned. As NBC 2 reports, a group of Sullivan High School students and parents, as well as at least one teacher, are pushing their idea in the hopes that others will join in. "If we can get a good prom then we can convince more people to come and follow what they believe," says one student. "We don't agree with [homosexuality] and it's offensive to us," adds Sullivan special ed teacher Diana Medley. When asked if she thought gay people have a purpose in life, Medley continued, "No, I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it."

The movement got support from one local pastor, who said, "Christians have always been prepared for a fight. Jesus gave us armor for the front, not the back; we're not running anymore." But not everyone is grabbing their pitchforks: Gawker notes that a counter-campaign has sprung up among students who want everybody at prom, with one gay student posting the following: "I absolutely hate how my town is getting called Anti-Gay Bigots because a few 'Christians' are planning a separate prom! Not all of Sullivan is like that."

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Feb 12, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Hopefully the student who is posting is not in any of the classes with the teacher who has decided he has no purpose - and then we wonder why students commit suicide when these are the kinds of people they face everyday.
Feb 12, 2013 2:20 PM CST
I really enjoy how Lewser gets everybody riled up by the headlines they choose. For instance..."Indiana Town Wants "Traditional Prom"...just because a few meat-heads want to have their own prom, doesn't mean this entire town is behind them. Then there is the "--Sans Gays". In reality, they are excluding themselves from the ACTUAL prom, not the gays; gays are in full attendance. Everybody gets their undies in a bundle over some numb-nuts that have the money to hold their own dance and invite their own friends. Big deal; there are enough pro-homo people in Indiana that nobody will even notice the bigots are gone.
Feb 12, 2013 1:44 PM CST
She doesn't "agree" with homosexuality. Well good for her. I don't "agree" with earthquakes either but they're a natural phenomenon and my agreement or lack thereof has no bearing on if, when or where they happen. And this woman is "teaching" the youth of that community.... good job, honey. And good luck kids, when you try to function in the real world outside of your little biggoted universe.