An Indiana school made headlines this weekend when students, a teacher, and a local pastor attempted to make their prom gay-free. Having failed on that front after a national backlash, the group is now proposing to hold a separate "traditional" prom that will exclude gay students.
The gay-free prom has support from local pastor Bill Phegley and from Diana Medley, a special education teacher at a neighboring school. She's come under fire for stating that being gay is a choice and that gay people have "no purpose." She explained that the traditional prom is for students who share her views that homosexuality is "offensive."
High-profile gay activists including Dan Savage have called for Medley to be fired from her job or retrained, on the grounds that her views could harm special needs students in her care. A Change.org petition with over 17,000 signatures calls for the same thing. But her school principal has released a statement defending her right to free speech.