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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 10:37AM #1
Merope
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Constance McMillen is an 18-year-old student at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi.  She's also a lesbian who wants to wear a tuxedo and take her girlfriend to the senior prom next month (her girlfriend is also a student at the school).  But the school and the school district won't let her do that because the district has a policy against same-sex prom dates.  And when the ACLU demanded that the school district allow McMillen to bring her girfriend, the school district promptly cancelled the prom.  Story here.


In a statement, the school board said it won’t host the prom "due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events."  The statement didn’t mention McMillen, and district officials didn't return calls seeking comment yesterday.


McMillen is now asking a federal judge to force the school district to reinstate the prom.  The lawsuit seeks a court order for the school to hold the prom, let McMillen escort her girlfriend, and let McMillen wear a tuxedo to the prom.  The suit contends that the school district's policy banning same-sex prom dates violates students' rights, and that the policy against permitting McMillen to wear a tux to the prom violates her right to freedom of expression.


McMillen — who apparently asked the school to let her wear a tux and take her girlfriend to the prom — said she never expected the school district to respond the way it did.


Admittedly, same-sex prom dates and cross-dressing are new issues for many high schools around the country, according to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a Washington-based advocacy group.  But still …


Who's right here?  Should the school hold the prom as planned and let McMillen, her tuxedo, and her date attend?  Why or why not?


 

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 10:44AM #2
Ridcully
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Mar 12, 2010 -- 10:37AM, Merope wrote:

Should the school hold the prom as planned and let McMillen, her tuxedo, and her date attend?  Why or why not?


 





Yes, they should.  To do otherwise is petty and ignorant.  IMHO, of course!  Tongue out

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 11:01AM #3
rocketjsquirell
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All proms everywhere should be cancelled for all sorts of reasons. However, since that is unlikely to happen, if a school is going to have a prom then every student should be welcome to attend with whoever they wish.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 11:29AM #4
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Mar 12, 2010 -- 10:37AM, Merope wrote:

...Who's right here?  Should the school hold the prom as planned and let McMillen, her tuxedo, and her date attend?  Why or why not?



The school is absolutely wrong. They're sending a message to the kids that it's alright to be a bigot and hate people that don't fit some archaic model. The girl is suing the school district to force them to hold the dance. Most kids do fine with stuff like this. It's when the parents get involved that things get nasty.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 1:04PM #5
mytmouse57
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What's so scary about a lesbian in a tuxedo?

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 1:05PM #6
mytmouse57
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Mar 12, 2010 -- 11:01AM, rocketjsquirell wrote:


All proms everywhere should be cancelled for all sorts of reasons. However, since that is unlikely to happen, if a school is going to have a prom then every student should be welcome to attend with whoever they wish.





What about a cheerleader who wants to bring a 45-year-old homeless drunk as a date?

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 1:08PM #7
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I think schools can make decisions that are safety-based, like not allowing people more than three years older than the student (they wouldn't have known each other in high school) to attend a prom.  But the whole notion that the school can cancel a prom to avoid having a lesbian there is just weird, to say the least.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 1:13PM #8
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Mar 12, 2010 -- 1:08PM, Tolerant Sis wrote:


I think schools can make decisions that are safety-based, like not allowing people more than three years older than the student (they wouldn't have known each other in high school) to attend a prom.  But the whole notion that the school can cancel a prom to avoid having a lesbian there is just weird, to say the least.





Apparently, they are petrified of lesbians in tuxedos.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 1:19PM #9
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I am grateful that I live where I live.  No one would blink an eye at a lesbian attending a prom in a tux with a same sex date.  In fact no date required to attend a prom.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2010 - 1:29PM #10
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