There's No Cuttin' Footloose in This Oklahoma Town for Valentine's Day

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 11, 2017

An Oklahoma town canceled a Valentine's dance because of a city ordinance banning dancing within 500 feet of a church, ABC affiliate KTUL reports. But, right now, a 300 foot stretch of town has the whole community wrapped in controversy. "They want to attack your character, they want to attack your past", said Kinney.

Concerned citizen Robbie Kinney originally brought up the ordinance in a Facebook comment, and asked city officials to look into the matter. "But I'd never looked at it because it never came up".

The ordinance caused the concellation of the store owners' event, but now work is underway to abolish the dancing ban. She also posted the question on Facebook, and that's when the attacks began.

Although the dance was officially canceled, police chief Steven Norman says police wouldn't have done anything to stop the dance.

The town's mayor says she knew about the ordinance, but it's never been enforced.

The City Council will vote whether to abolish the ban at a meeting scheduled for February 21.

Kinney made a decision to cancel the event, mostly due to the fact her husband is the city's attorney.

"[Kinney's husband] said his oath is to uphold the law", said Clason.

"It's one of those ordinances that was passed long before I ever came, and we have no interest in enforcing it", said Norman.

Kinney, whose husband is the Henryetta city attorney, cancelled the dance, even though she asserts she didn't want to. They said they made fliers for the event and advertised it on social media, and that's when they learned of the law.

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