BY Julie Bolcer
March 25 2010 10:10 AM ET
Derrick Martin, the Bleckley County High School senior who won the right to take his boyfriend to the prom next month, talks about the mixed reaction in his small town of Cochran, Ga.
School officials support Martin, 18, and have vowed not to cancel the April 17 prom in the event of backlash. He also has received support from the national LGBT community, including offers to pay for prom attendance.
However, the teen tells local television station 13 WMAZ that his parents kicked him out of the house because of all the attention surrounding the decision.
But Martin remains undaunted in his message.
"It's the same thing as African-Americans wanting their rights," he says. "Or any minority wanting their rights. Every person is a human being, and they deserve their rights."
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