In a disturbing story from Sullivan, Indiana, a teacher is joining a group of students, parents and other Christians in the community in calling for a prom that bans gay students from attending.
WTWO-TV reported that the group met at Sullivan First Christian Church on Sunday to plan for creating a prom that is seclusive to straight students as an alternative to the regular prom at Sullivan High School.
âWe donât agree with [homosexuality],â said teacher Diana Medley in the news segment. âItâs offensive to us.â
But showing a differing of opinion, Jim Davis, a Christian who lives in Sullivan, said that even Jesus did not condemn anyone.
âHe comes here to save the world, not to condemn it,â Davis said. âLove them as a person, you donât have to love what they do because they may not â I mean, the gays may not like the bad things you make mistakes at.â
Medley, however, disagreed because she believes that homosexuality is a choice rather than a matter of inborn nature.
âI donât believe they were born that way,â she said. âI think life circumstances made them choose that. I think God made everybody equal.â She continued, âI have kids come to me because of their sexual preference. And they know I donât agree with it, but I care about you. And the same thing for special needs. God puts those people in our life for special reasons.â
Without acknowledging Medleyâs comparison of gay youth with people who have âspecial needs,â the reporter then asked Medley if she thought âgay people had some sort of purpose in life.â
Medley replied: âI donât. I personally donât. Iâm sorry. I just â I donât understand it.â
Local pastor Bill Phegley said that he supported the straight prom proposal because Christians in Sullivan have gone silent too long in regards to their opposition to homosexuality.
âChristians have always been prepared for a fight, but Jesus Christ gave us armor for the front, not the back,â Phegley said. âWe arenât running no more.â
LGBT columnist and activist Dan Savage weighed in on the story and in a column on Sunday, calling for people to speak out in response to Medleyâs comments.
âLetâs pause here to grieve for all the special education students in Sullivan, Indiana,â Savage wrote. âStudents with learning disabilities have it hard enough without getting stuck with a mentally challenged special ed teacher.â
Following the publication of Savageâs piece, a page endorsing the straight prom disappeared from Facebook.
Watch the WTWO-TV story in the video below.