So what are your thoughts on gay high schoolers going to prom? Well a school in Missippi told a high school lesbian, Constance McMillen that she could not attend the prom with her girlfriend. She was allowed to attend with a male date or alone but not as a couple with her girlfriend. She then asked if she could wear a tux and was told no that she had to wear a dress. Well the issue didn't stop there but it went in front of a federal judge, the NY Times posted the rulings
A Mississippi school board was grossly discriminatory and mean-spirited when it told Constance McMillen that she could not attend her high school prom with her girlfriend. A ruling by a federal judge that Ms. McMillen’s constitutional rights had been violated is a welcome sign that gay people are continuing to make progress toward equality. It should also be a warning to school districts nationwide about the cost of discrimination.
Ms. McMillen, a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School, has identified herself as a lesbian since the eighth grade. After the school learned that she was planning to take her girlfriend to the prom, it told her that the two could attend alone or with male dates but not as a couple. When Ms. McMillen asked if she could wear a tuxedo, she was told that she would have to wear a dress.
The American Civil Liberties Union wrote a letter protesting those decisions and the district responded by canceling the prom. It was a move that called to mind the school districts across the South that canceled their proms during the civil rights era rather than open them to black and white students on an equal basis. The A.C.L.U. sued on Ms. McMillen’s behalf.
So what did the school do? They canceled prom. Now none of those kids will have the memories of their senior prom, how sad is that. Not to mention that how many kids are going to now blame the girl for ruining their prom?
Here is Constance McMillen on the Ellen Show telling her story
What are your thoughts on this? Was the school right in canceling the prom? Do you agree or disagree with the judges ruling?