Gay scene in high school play has some parents raising objections

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DESOTO, MO (KTVI) - The play will go on in De Soto, despite the objections of at least one parent.   Wade Sherrow says his daughter quit the high school production of 'Almost Maine' over religious beliefs.   The romantic comedy includes a scene where two men declare their love for each other.

"I'm not trying to hate anybody.  I'm not trying to hurt anybody," said Wade Sherrow.  The father of two De Soto High School students filed a complaint with the district.  He asked the school board to reject production of the play.

Sherrow cited a district policy which states, "The board will strive to provide stimulating, effective materials that will be appropriate to the community`s values and the students` abilities and maturity levels."

Sherrow believes a majority of people in his community share his beliefs.  The school board vote was 6-1 in favor of keeping the play.

"I don`t support her being in a play that condones the equality of love between two young men, with my 25 year reunion with my wife that`s brought out three kids."

Superintendent Dr. Trisha Burkeen said the play was approved by the school board after a special committee made the recommendation.  She said the play has been performed by districts across the country, and De Soto school officials found no grounds for rejecting the play.

Burkeen said the play is part of an extra-curricular activity.  She said no student would be forced to participate.  Sherrow feels the decision sends a message that Christian students need not apply for drama clubs.

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