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What Do You Think of St. Anthony's Ban on Gay Prom Dates?

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The Long Island Press published an in-depth article yesterday about prom policies, including a ban on same sex dates, at St. Anthony's High School.

A female student is upset she can't bring another girl to the prom. Officials at the Catholic school say allowing gay dates would be a slap in the face to church doctrine, according to the article.

Do you agree or disagree with the St. Anthony's prom policy?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

lindsey May 17, 2011 at 01:27 PM
I attend another local Catholic High School, one that has faced similar situations and the school responded as they would to any other student: if that is the date you want to bring, you're paying for the ticket, to each his own. This was the response simply because, a student is a student. I am a deeply faithful person who has been attending Catholic school my entire life and have friends who are currently seniors at St. Anthony's, and when I heard about this incident I was embarrassed. The friars at St. Anthony's, while they do have a right to run the school however they want and students and parents sign away their rights when they sign their tuition checks, they are not God. Accepting and loving everyone as God loves you is a core message of the Catholic faith, one that has been twisted and disregarded. Yes, same-sex marriage is against the Church, but at one point it was also commonplace for people to be stoned to death. Regardless of the teaching, allowing gay prom dates does not in any way promote gay marriage. It is also a teaching of the Church that being gay is not a sin, but the physical sexual relationship is because sex is meant to be open to procreation. Is allowing straight couples to attend prom promoting pre-marital sex? Just because they're going to prom together doesn't mean they're doing it. No school has any moral right to discrimination. Maybe St. Anthony's does have the legal right, but I wouldn't be sleeping soundly.
steve James May 17, 2011 at 09:52 PM
this is just another part of the way the church contributes to driving 3000 gay kids to suicide every year, while they rattle about protecting life. Our greatest failure - freedom of religion to demonize others, speak against those others and poison society. Not terribly different then Iran - just get other people to do the dirty work, which includes driving the churchs suicide for gay kids agenda. www.nobeliefs.com/nazis.htm
steve James May 17, 2011 at 09:58 PM
tks. If I was those two kids, I'd get someone else opposite sex to go to the prom iwth my 'friend, and I'd do the same for them. Not too hard to figure out a way to get in the door. And then dance the night away with my same sex friend, Almost cerainly to the cheers of the other kids, and the utter embarrassment of the officials. A little cleverness will set the example and set up the "authorities" and then the day I was 18, if my parents had forced me to go to that school and I was gay, I'd hire an attornye and give my parents one quick chance to publically appologize to the media for their terrible mistake or sue for divorce from them
Meghan May 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Last time I checked you didn't have to be catholic or religious to attend St. Anthony's. I know a plethora of students who are Jewish. They don't care about religion,all they care about is their tuition money and the notarity. Now all the sudden they practice Catholic values? Makes you go HMMMM.....Personally the thought of kissing or being with another woman makes me want to vomit, but so do tomatoes, should they be illegal because I don't like them? NO!!! What someone else does in/out of the bedroom has no affect on me and if I had children it would have no affect on them either because we are all individuals. Just my 2 cents!
Jamie May 26, 2011 at 04:30 PM
It is true - you do not have to be catholic to attend Saint Anthony's. This, however, has zero to do with the issue which is that Saint Anthony's, as a Catholic school, teaches Catholic values. The non-catholic students that attend the school are aware of this, continue to go there and do not complain that their religions are not being taught. You know what to expect when you do the research and application process to attend a PRIVATE school. Abide by their rules, values and tenets or go to PUBLIC school. If Saint Anthony's was to give in to every demand to stray from their religious tenets, they would essentially be a pricey public school.

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