Two teenage girls have stirred controversy for creating their own parking lot prom after being denied entrance to the school dance as a couple.
Lexington Catholic School adjudged that it was inappropriate to allow two young girls entrance into the high school prom as a same-sex couple. The girls, 18-year-old Hope Decker, and 16-year-old Tiffany Wright, told a local paper that they were informed that they would not be able to attend the dance on Friday afternoon. The Catholic Church teaches that the Bible identifies homosexuality as a sin.
“I mean, we both cried and then I was like, this is ridiculous,” Wright told LEX 18 radio station. “There’s gotta be something we could do about this.”
Despite being notified that they could not attend the Catholic school prom as a lesbian couple, both girls still decided to turn up for the prom on Saturday night, but were duly turned away from the gymnasium. The two girls, fully dressed up in prom dresses with nowhere to go, then decided to throw an alternative dance in the school parking lot using car stereos. The girls also managed a snack table.
The school defended its position by stating that it was required to uphold Catholic Church teachings, and could not condone the pair attending prom together.
“As a Catholic high school, we uphold every teaching of the Catholic Church,” Lexington Catholic High School President Steve Angelucci told the Herald-Leader in an email. “The policies and procedures of our school reflect those teachings.”