A high school couple was banned from attending the prom in Livingston Parish, Louisiana because they were gay.
Local new station, WBRZ, decided to take action on the couple’s behalf. Journalists from the tv station called the district superintendent after one of the teens’ mother’s reached out to them about the story. She was upset that her son couldn’t go to the dance with his boyfriend and was determined to fight it.
“I asked her why Raymond couldn’t take his boyfriend to prom and she said that they didn’t allow same sex going to prom together [because] it was against school regulations,” said the mother, Tamblie Babin.
She added: “You’ve got to back your kid 100 percent regardless if they are gay or straight or anything.”
To add insult to injury, Raymond was also suspended for using his cell phone to text his mother when he learned of the ban, and suspended students are not permitted to attend prom festivities.
WBRZ contacted Livingston Parish’s superintendent John Watson to try to understand their policies. Rather than backing the high school’s original decision, Watson said he would not allow discrimination in any of his schools and invited the two boys to attend prom together.
Nicholas Newport, Raymond’s boyfriend, explained what being gay means to him: “We are all humans here — it doesn’t matter what race, what gender, what ethnicity, [or] what orientation. It doesn’t matter — it’s just a person.”
Let’s all give a hand to Raymond’s awesome mom and the school’s cool superintendent!