School officials in Georgia permit gay prom date

COCHRAN — Derrick Martin worried that he could be responsible for getting this year's prom at Bleckley County High School canceled.

That's because the 18-year-old senior is gay, and he plans to take his boyfriend to the year’s most anticipated dance.

That;s something that's never happened in this small Middle Georgia town. A similar plan by two female students in Mississippi this month prompted school officials there to cancel the prom, making national news.

After asking Bleckley County school officials permission in January to take another boy to the prom, Martin got word last week that his high school will allow it. Bleckley's prom is April 17 in the high school cafeteria.

"I didn't expect them to say yes," he said. "It's who I am. I have the same rights.

"It's my senior prom, and I wanted to be able to prove not everyone would cancel prom."

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