Organizers of Alternative Prom Meant to Exclude Gay Students Facing Serious Backlash

Remember the Christians in Sullivan, Indiana who gathered over the weekend to plan out an alternative prom specifically to exclude gay students?

Turns out they’re not handling the criticism very well and many of the locals are speaking out against it:

Even the pastor of the church that hosted the original organizing meeting says the church doesn’t back the effort to throw a straights-only prom for students at Sullivan High School…

Emily Butler, a junior at Sullivan High, said: “You should be able to go with whoever you want. You shouldn’t be discriminated against for what you are, what you believe in.”

Even Wyatt Land, a Sullivan student who said it was important to remember that “the Bible says for a man to love another woman,” told WTHR that he thought gay and lesbian classmates should be welcome at the official prom.

“As long as they aren’t sitting there and kissing on the dance floor and grinding on each other, stuff like that, I don’t have a problem with that,” he said. “I don’t see what’s wrong with it. Prom is for everybody. It’s a high school experience.”

Let’s make a deal, Wyatt: You stop the straight kids from grinding and making out, and then I’ll tell the gay kids to stop.

Incidentally, the Facebook group meant to discuss the alternative prom has been deactivated and Diana Medley, a special education teacher at a different school in the area and the person who was in front of the camera most often during this controversy, has said nothing to the press about the backlash.

I guess everyone will have to go to prom with all of their classmates now instead of just the straight ones.

(Thanks to Richard for the link!)

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