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UPDATE: Students Protest Georgia School's Decision to Allow Gay Teens at Prom

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A small group of high school students gathered in rural Georgia on Thursday to protest their school’s decision to allow an openly gay student and his boyfriend to attend prom.

(To read GLAAD's previous post about the Bleckley County High School decision, click here)

According to the local newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, some residents fear that their small town will be seen as “gay friendly”:

“People who don’t know the area will think [the school’s decision] reflects on everybody,” Cochran resident John Smith said.

The Telegraph also reported that some students are advocating for a separate, private prom that would have legal authority to exclude same-sex couples.

The organizer of Thursday’s rally said she returned her prom ticket and demanded a refund:

“I don’t believe in going up there and dancing with gay guys like that,” Amber Duskin said. “It’s also not just him bringing a boy. It was bringing all this attention to it.”

As for the student at the center of the controversy, 18-year-old Derrick Martin says he still plans on bringing his boyfriend to prom.

GLAAD will continue to follow developments in this story. For updates, check GLAADblog.org