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Same-Sex Couple Barred From Prom


The Boston Globe is reporting on a Massachusetts teen who has been barred from bringing a woman as her date to the prom at her Catholic high school. Officials at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Mass., say that same-sex couples are not allowed at the prom. Student Rosanne Strott says she’s being discriminated against because she is bisexual. George A. Milot, superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Fall River says that is not the case. "The school has the right to make rules in the best interests of the students. We teach tolerance towards people who may be gay. That is not the issue at all. That's the confusion. It's against gay sexual activity." Strott says she doesn't feel the school's decision is fair, but she plans on attending the prom anyway—by herself.


The school is clearly discriminating against the female student for being bisexual. The superintendent is stating that it is not discriminating and that the issue is against "gay sexual activity", but the students are going to a dance not a hotel room. None of the students there will be engaging in sexual activity at the dance no matter what their sexual preference is. How is this school teaching tolerance? I think they need to re-evaluate their ideas of tolerance.

I can see where both sides are coming from on this story. But I'm curious about why this family is so surprised with the schools decision? The girl should have checked before asking her friend because most people should find out the ground rules before attending any school dance. It's just common sense to find out what and who you can or cannot bring to a school sanctioned event.

I wanted to bring my girlfriend from another school but my school didn't allow it for the same reason. My friend couldn't bring her boyfriend because he was 19 and she was 17 and they didn't allow any guys over 18 at the events. Thats ageism there but no one really saw anything wrong with keeping them from the prom.

Any outsider can see that Catholicism doesn't advocate same sex couples being together. They are becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians compared to the past but some diocese and most schools are still behind.

I'm not too sympathetic to the father because he chose to place his daughter in a Catholic school. I feel he should have seen this coming. When parents place their children in Catholic schools they agree to abide by the rules in the school handbook. The school reserves the right to revise the handbook and must distribute new copies to the parents. Parents can try to overturn the rules but must have petitions brought to the school board or diocese council. Diocese often base certain rules on Catholic Cannon.

As sad as this sounds education will always be the same no matter what reforms the politicians keep tossing out to us. You get what you pay for and in this family's case they paid for a Catholic education which is what they recieved.

So same sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, but same sex dating is not? Ironic.

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