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Bleckley County High School senior Derrick Martin and his boyfriend, Richard Goodman, celebrated prom Saturday with no complications as they made history in the small town of Cochran, Ga.
Martin, 18, received permission from school officials in March to take Goodman, who resides outside the county, to the prom. The decision infuriated some Bleckley County residents and prompted Martin's parents to kick out their only child, but the college-bound student also heard words of encouragement from the national gay community.
Security was tight for the prom at the high school Saturday, reports The Macon Telegraph.
"When Martin, 18, and his boyfriend Richard Goodman, also 18, stepped onto a makeshift 'red carpet' and their names were announced, a few parents whispered but many in the crowd gave him a loud cheer. No one yelled out in protest."
According to the Telegraph, Goodman intends to take Martin to his prom at Tift County High on May 8.