May 152012
Hope Decker

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.”

Brittney R. Villalva


  • Richard

    So there’s no homosexual agenda? Just girls dressing up & trying to crash a CATHOLIC high school prom. For their next stunt, they’ll grab a bunch of booze bottles and try to crash an AA meeting, or don white hoods & try to crash an NAACP meeting.

    And then cry and act shocked when they’re denied entrance.


    • Robert Mastragostino

      If these Catholic schools are publicly funded, then that’s not really good enough. A school is an educational institution first and foremost. If they tried to do this at a Church event I would understand you completely, but Catholic schools need to understand that they aren’t churches. If you’re opening up a business, you can’t just decide to make it a Catholic business and kick certain customers out just because of your beliefs. Religious ideas=/=religious exception, for hopefully clear reasons. I’m not saying that it’s entirely clear cut that they should be allowed in explicitly as a couple, but I don’t think that it’s obvious that refusing them should be acceptable.

      And those others are actually justifiably wrong. And by justifiably I mean “from basic ideas of respecting others, and not purely from an arbitrary religion”. If you crashed an AA meeting with alcohol, you’d be aggravating people who are trying to get over a serious and harmful dependency. That’s nowhere near an equivalent situation. A better (though not complete because they specifically wanted to be admitted as a couple, I get that) equivalent would probably be the NAACP not letting white people in. The point is that any analogy you come up with will involve “it’s offensive/rude/unacceptable because it hurts us”, and not “because it’s just bad”. Until you can provide that evidence of such damage to the school community, I’m saying (somewhat tentatively) that their refusal was unjustified.