School Cancels Prom Over Lesbian Date
ACLU told Miss. school to let student bring girlfriend
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2010 4:37 AM CST
Updated Mar 11, 2010 6:00 AM CST
This photo released by the ACLU of Mississippi shows Constance McMillen, 18, a student at the Itawamba County Agricultural High School.    (AP Photo/The McMillen Family via The ACLU of Mississippi)

(Newser) – Mississippi's Itawamba County School District has decided it would rather cancel an entire high school prom than host one where a lesbian student can wear a tuxedo and bring a female date. The district announced the prom was off after the ACLU pressured it to change its policy and allow Constance McMillen, 18, to bring her girlfriend, a fellow student, to the dance.

McMillen says she believes the decision to cancel the prom is the district's revenge for her standing up for her rights. "The message they are sending is that if they have to let gay people go to prom than they are not going to have one," she told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so it's really retaliation."

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Sandy Swiss
Jul 22, 2010 6:45 PM CDT
Everyone should be allowed to attend the prom. It is a tradition and just because it is one doesn't make it set in stone. Whatever happened to prom being the best night of students lives (in high school anyway) no matter what sexual orientation or color of their skin. I do think that no monetary compensation should be given to anyone who "almost" couldn't attend their prom. Like the mississippi girl was given money- that money should have been evenly distributed among the students so they could pay for their Prom Dresses and tuxedos etc. http://www.promgirl.net
gbratsblondie
Mar 29, 2010 12:22 AM CDT
I am a Christian. But even I know that freedom of speech and freedom of religion and all of our freedoms require us to let everyone have their say whether we like it or not. Freedom doesn't mean we get our way and that is the end of it. Yes, there are consequences for everything we do in life but we make our choices and take the consequences. We need to love everyone not just those we agree with. And I don't think canceling the prom was the correct way to go about this.
williegreen
Mar 13, 2010 11:13 PM CST
the little lesbian babe is loving all the attention. this is what the "cause" is all about. burn em all at the stake!!!