The Lexington Roman Catholic Diocese released a statement on Monday standing behind Lexington Catholic High School's decision to keep out a same-sex couple from attending Prom.
The statement goes on to say, "The Church empathizes with those who struggle with same-sex attraction, but, at the same time, the Church and its institutions, like Lexington Catholic, cannot condone or promote actions which normalize homosexual tendencies. This in no way detracts from the value and dignity of the students involved. In light of Catholic teaching, the actions of the Lexington Catholic High School administration were a corrective invitation to the students involved to embrace their truest human dignity as children of God."
Craig Cammack, with the advocacy group Lexington Fairness, worries that message the school is sending to the other students goes beyond claims of discrimination versus church doctrine but could even spill over into bullying.
"Unfortunately, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender students are effected at a much higher rate so we're disappointed when adults add to the problem that the students already face by expressing and enforcing intolerant beliefs," Cammack said.
The same-sex debate goes from the national stage to a Lexington high school. ABC 36 news was there as a same-sex couple was told they could not attend the Lexington Catholic prom, as a couple. We spoke to Tiffany Right and Hope Decker just after they were denied entrance. The couple and about 50 people did stay outside the prom as a protest. The girls says they're the victims of a double standard.
Lexington Catholic's Principal Sally Stevens released this statement to ABC 36. She writes, "as a catholic high school, we uphold every teaching of our church and the policies and procedures of our school reflect those teachings."