Constance McMillen’s Rights Violated in Lesbian Prom Date Ban
Judge declares school district violated student’s First Amendment rights by canceling prom.
A few weeks ago, Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi canceled their April 2 prom after Constance McMillen, 18, declared she wanted to take her girlfriend as her date and wear a tuxedo. Since then, the American Civil Liberties Union came to McMillen’s aid, and sued the school district, demanding they put the prom back on.
In court yesterday, U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson did not grant the ACLU’s wish to put the prom on. However, he did declare that the school district’s actions in canceling the school dance directly violated McMillen’s First Amendment rights. There will be a trial held soon on this issue alone.
In an effort to salvage what’s left of the special high school tradition, some parents in Fulton are organizing a private prom for their teens to go to, but McMillen is undecided whether or not she will attend. School has been rough for her these past few weeks, as her fellow classmates have taunted and ridiculed her for being the reason prom was canceled.
However, many important and influential people are on McMillen’s side. Her story has landed her appearances on The Early Show, The Wanda Sykes Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where DeGeneres even gave the surprised student a $30,000 college scholarship. Also, 400,000 people are fans of McMillen’s Facebook page, which has been set up by the ACLU. Something tells us that even if there is no prom for Itawamba Agricultural High School, McMillen still won the battle. (Huffington Post)