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Valentine's Day Dance Falls Victim to Okla. City's Old Ordinance

Henryetta city councilors will consider abolishing the ordinance Feb. 22

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    Would-be Valentine's Day dancers in Henryetta, Oklahoma, may be yelling "everybody cut Footloose" after a Valentine's Day was canceled because it fell afoul of Henryetta's moral code.

    A small Oklahoma town is echoing the story line of '80s movie "Footloose" by canceling a Valentine's Day dance because of an arcane city ordinance enforcing a strict moral code.

    KTUL-TV reports that the organizer canceled the dance in Henryetta because it would have taken place 300 feet from a church, in violation of an ordinance that forbids dancing within 500 feet of a place of worship.

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    "Their timing couldn't have been better in my opinion, I mean everybody wants to celebrate," said Kyle Steele, a customer at the drive-thru.

    (Published Friday, April 21, 2017)

    Mayor Jennifer Clason, who was born in Henryetta, says she always knew about the old city ordinance but that it has never been enforced. Police Chief Steve Norman says his department has no interest in doing so.

    Clason says city councilors will consider abolishing the ordinance during their Feb. 22 meeting.

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    The town of 6,500 is 90 miles east of Oklahoma City.