Mississippi School Cancels Prom Over Lesbian Date
The entire dance has been canceled for one Mississippi high school after one Constance McMillen,18, asked to bring her girlfriend as her date.
For teenagers in high school, prom is often the highlight of their young lives – their last chance to bond and party together before they graduate and go their separate ways to college. But for students at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, they won’t get that chance.
The school district has canceled this year’s prom after a female student, Constance McMillen, 18, asked to bring her girlfriend, a sophomore, as her date. McMillen would wear a tux, while her date would wear a dress. When school officials first heard of these plans, they issued a school memo forbidding same-sex dates.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), believing this was a violation of McMillen’s constitutional rights, got involved and pressured the Mississippi school to let her attend the prom. Instead, the school has decided to cancel the school dance altogether.
“A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it’s really retaliation,” McMillen told the Clarion-Ledger. “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.” (Clarion-Ledger, Newser)