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ACLU Sues School for Nixing Prom in Dispute With Lesbian Student

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Posted on Mar 11, 2010
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Dance off: Mississippi high school student Constance McMillen is fighting for her right and that of her fellow students to go to their prom.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday against Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., after the school district decided to cancel this year’s prom rather than let a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, don her choice of formal wear and take her girlfriend to the dance.  —KA

CNN:

At the center of the lawsuit is a memorandum from the school to students, dated February 5, which states that prom dates must be of the opposite sex.

Also, when McMillen expressed a desire to wear a tuxedo to the prom, the superintendent told her only male students were allowed to wear tuxes, according to court documents.

Superintendent Teresa McNeece also told McMillen that she and her girlfriend could be ejected from the prom if any of the other students complained about their presence there, according to the documents.

The prom was canceled after McMillen and the ACLU tried informally to get the school to change its stance.

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By Dick Hudson, March 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t restrict ignorance to the South.  Most recently Ohio has joined with the dumbest of the dumb in their various stances against civil liberty.  Whenever 40% of the population (the United States) believes that the earth is younger than 10 thousand years we are up to our armpits in

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By Dick Hudson, March 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t restrict ignorance to the South.  Most recently Ohio has joined with the dumbest of the dumb in their various stances against civil liberty.  Whenever 40% of the population (the United States) believes that the earth is younger than 10 thousand years we are up to our armpits in stupidity.  The immediate argument against that “thesis” is that the farthest celestial bodies from the universal central point would still be vastly closer to the center were our solar system that young.  It is, as a matter of fact, physically impossible.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 13, 2010 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Sometimes I think Southern rednecks will never change and never learn. Over 45 years ago they closed down public swimming pools rather than let Black people (and kids) swim with White people.  So EVERYBODY suffered.

Now they shut down a prom just so two girls cannot go as a Lesbian couple—and again, EVERYONE suffers.

These f***ing @$$#ole$ will never change, will they?

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