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Brighton, N.Y. - McQuaid Jesuit High School told parents Wednesday through a letter it will allow a gay couple to attend this year's Junior Prom.
The school's president, Fr. Edward Salmon, wrote, "I have made the decision that, if our two brothers who have asked to attend the Junior Ball together wish to do so, they will be welcomed."
Salmon said the announcement is not a reversal, because he claims the private school had not heretofore made a decision on the matter.
Earlier this month, a McQuaid student called into "The Wease Show" on 95.1. The Brew, saying he had asked permission to attend the Junior Ball with another young man.
Salmon said the school never denied that request and criticized the "misinformation" and "fear" that arose from the situation.
He added, "We understand that having a homosexual orientation brings with it enough anxiety, pain and issues related to self-acceptance without society bringing additional prejudicial treatment."
The letter also said, "I am not encouraging nor am I condoning homosexual activity just as I do not encourage or condone heterosexual activity at a dance."