Mike Byrne the Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director had the following to say:
"The Catholic Church has a particular vision of family and sexuality flowing on to a responsibility to model this vision for children through formal activities in the life of the Catholic school.I don't see that there is a big problem that a student is gay and wishing to take his partner along to share in the celebrations of their lives at school. Most schools would be asking for appropriate behaviour from the students and their guests at formals but just because some are gay does not mean they will not conduct themselves accordingly. This kind of thinking is dated and we are in 2008 not 1968.
As such it is not seen as appropriate for the students to attend an event such as a school formal as a same-sex couple."