Hope Decker is a senior at a Lexington Catholic High School, in Kentucky, and like most seniors, she was looking forward to going to prom. The only trouble, at least in the eyes of the Catholic school, is that Decker is a Lesbian, and hopped to attend prom with her girlfriend, Tiffany Wright, who attends the same school.
Didn't happen. School officials banned her from attending her prom because she was bringing her girlfriend.
"What I experienced in the Dean's Office was blatant homophobia," said Hope Decker. "We were told that this school has catholic principles and so they couldn't let it happen."
Catholic principles like not letting a girl bring her date to prom? Or Catholic principles like priests raping children is kind of okay?
"At first I was really upset," said Tiffany Wright. "I mean, we both cried and then I was like, this is ridiculous. There's gotta be something we could do about this."
Hope Decker and Teresa Wright, along with dozens of their friends still dressed for prom, and even attempted to gain entry to the event. They were turned away, so they opted for a makeshift, parking lot prom, which, in my mind, removed from Catholic homophobia was far more fun.
"I just think it's ridiculous that a school that claims to foster love and equality is doing something like this to its own students," said Wright.
Those students who attended the outdoor prom have started a petition they plan to send to the school's president and principal, along with the bishop, in the hopes their situation might lead to change for future couples. They have already received more than 100 signatures from other students opposed to what happened.
The school principal said he could not comment on the situation, but added that Lexington Catholic adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Catholic Church.
The same church that turns a blind eye to child rape.