Marian officials said Tuesday that in the past, the school has accepted only traditional dates for the prom and semi-formal dance, and that policy has never changed." "It's just basically a tradition," said Janet Hatfield, administrative assistant/discipline at Marian High School. "When you think of a formal dance ... you think of the opposite sex."
Howe recalled that two of her female friends last year brought same-sex friends to the school's semi-formal dance without any complications. Marian Principal Carl Loesch said he didn't recall that."If it was a couples thing," Howe said, "I don't even know why they would bother with singles tickets."
Loesch said he was surprised the same-sex couple issue arose in the first place because "in the building, it's not an issue." This is the first time such an issue has been brought up, he said."
The policy's never changed," Loesch said. "It's the same policy we've had. Students are allowed to come singly. Students are allowed to come with a date. Students can come in a group. But we allow traditional dating" . . .
Howe said she might attend the prom with other friends, or she and Werley might simply get dressed up and go to the movies or go out to eat instead.
Bill Howe, Amanda's father, said school administrators had discussed with him the possibility of reimbursing Werley's $30 ticket. But Loesch declined to comment on that Tuesday.
"I think (Catholic schools are) becoming more and more afraid that they're going to have gay couples at their event," Bill Howe said.
I think Bill Howe hits the nail on the head with that last quote.