Oklahoma the town pulls a ‘Footloose,’ cancels dance on account of proximity to a church


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The small Oklahoma the town of Henryetta is echoing the storyline of ’80s film Footloose by way of cancelling a Valentine’s Day dance on account of an arcane town ordinance imposing a strict ethical code.

KTUL-TV experiences that the organizer, Robbie Kinney, cancelled the dance as a result of it could have taken position inside of 300 toes of a church, in violation of an ordinance that forbids dancing inside of 500 toes of a spot of worship.

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Mayor Jennifer Clason, born and raised in Henryetta, says she at all times knew in regards to the outdated town ordinance however that it hasn’t ever been enforced.

“It’s never been enforced my entire life,” mentioned Clason to KTUL in Tulsa. “But I’d never looked at it because it never came up. It’s an antiquated ordinance, no one has ever looked at it to change it.”

Kinney, whose husband is the Henryetta town legal professional, cancelled the dance, even if she asserts she didn’t need to.

“[Kinney’s husband] said his oath is to uphold the law,” mentioned Clason.

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“The ordinance says no dancing allowed. It’s illegal,” mentioned Kinney.

When she posed a query in regards to the ordinance on Facebook, she claims she used to be the objective of assaults on her persona and her previous. (Because she’s blocked the alleged attackers, it’s arduous to substantiate this.)

Kinney went directly to submit an inventory on Facebook titled “Stupid Laws From Oklahoma.”

But Henryetta Police Chief Steve Norman says his division won’t put in force the ordinance, and not has up to now.

“It’s one of those ordinances that was passed long before I ever came, and we have no interest in enforcing it,” mentioned Norman.

Clason says town councillors will believe abolishing the ordinance right through their Feb. 22 assembly.

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In 1984’s Footloose, a Chicago youngster (Kevin Bacon) strikes to a tiny the town the place rock track and dancing are each banned. He rebels towards the status quo and finally ends up dancing his technique to exchange.

The the town of 6,500 is 145 kilometres east of Oklahoma City.

— With recordsdata from The Associated Press

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