Mississippi School Prom Off After Lesbian’s Date Request

From Yahoo News:

Constance McMillen didn’t believe her Mississippi school district would really call off her senior prom rather than allow her to show up with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. On Thursday, a day after the Itawamba County school board did just that, the 18-year-old lesbian high school senior reluctantly returned to campus to some unfriendly looks, she said.

“Somebody said, ‘Thanks for ruining my senior year.’” McMillen said.

The district announced Wednesday it wouldn’t host the April 2 prom. The decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded that officials change a policy banning same-sex prom dates because it violated students’ rights. And the ACLU said the district not letting McMillen wear a tuxedo violated her free expression rights.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford to force the school district to sponsor the prom and allow McMillen to bring whom she chooses and wear what she wants.

District officials didn’t returned numerous calls left by The Associated Press seeking comment on Thursday.

McMillen said she never expected the district to respond the way it did.

“A lot of people said that was going to happen, but I said, they had already spent too much money on the prom” to cancel it, she said. “I’m just trying to get done what I originally wanted done. Now, we’re having to fight just to have a prom.”

McMillen said she didn’t want to go back to Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton the morning after the decision, but her father told her she needed to face her classmates, teachers and school officials.

“My daddy told me that I needed to show them that I’m still proud of who I am,” McMillen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “The fact that this will help people later on, that’s what’s helping me to go on.”

A school board statement said it wouldn’t host the event in Fulton, “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events” but never mentioned McMillen or her girlfriend, who also is a student at the school.

[Read more at Yahoo News]

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  • PhilW

    Constitutional right? What a load. Show me where, in the founding document which proscribes the powers delegated to the Federal government, anything having to do with homosexual behavior. The ACLU shows it's ignorance once more, and radical homosexuals try once more to force their illicit behavior on the rest of us.

    • Hadrian999

      at least man up and post on an actual account.
      who does it hurt if 2 girls date holy hell thats the end of western civilization
      prom is about drinking and straight ender age sex, cant have none of that Hollywood commie liberal faggots ruining that.

    • tonyviner

      You disgust me, sir.

    • 5by5

      The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, fool. Not to mention the First Amendment.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      PhilW, what a load.

    • ScaryLesbian

      The only forcing of behavior that i can see here is the school trying to tell their students who they're 'allowed' to be attracted to. And what exactly is a 'radical' homosexual? are the two girls who want to go to prom together going to turn YOU gay, by some sort of sexual osmosis?
      If you're so concerned that we're trying to 'force' our behavior on you, you might want take a good, long look into your own heart and figure out why that scares you so much. Maybe you're afraid it might work?

  • nemoide

    This sort of thing really makes my blood boil.

    It's ridiculous to think that it's “bad” for two members of the same sex going to the prom together. I could see someone potentially getting upset if they were to have crazy lesbian sex on the dance floor but it's a freaking PROM. It's fucking WHOLESOME. (Apparently folks have drugs, sex, etc after proms, but the prom itself is a pillar of BORINGNESS.)

    We should be living in an era beyond the strict gender rules that have enslaved Western civilization for the past 200 years. A woman wearing a tuxedo is not supposed to be a big deal. If a man was wearing a dress, that shouldn't be a big deal either.

    I guess people just often act in really silly ways?

    • tonyviner

      More like 2000 years, at least on the outside of things.

      • 5by5

        More like about a thousand, and only in the European West & Middle East. Native Americans had no problem with it (referring to gays as “two spirit people” who actually had a place of honor in the tribe), and neither did Asian cultures like China or Japan. And the Greeks and Romans were still rational about this until Christianity overtook their respective cultures. The fall of Rome and the rise of the Catholic Church was when things got hardcore.

        This prohibition is mainly a Judeo-Christian-Islamic phenomenon.

        • Tuna Ghost

          To clarify, Korea and Japan and China's modern societies are still very homophobic, despite the fact that only one of those countries (South Korea) has a population is even HALF christian (the other half being buddhist, with a smattering of the aborignial animist beliefs lingering here and there on both sides). It may be strange to think that in a country where a man can marry a character from a video game, two men are usually not allowed into a love hotel together (sometimes not even a photo-booth). Part of the appeal of the whaddayacallit, the gay romance comics, is the illicit nature of the relationship, which are still not generally tolerated by these societies.

          Historically, any Confusicist society–we're talking Korea and China here–would have held that homosexual pairings, since they did not produce offspring, were not a sin per se but rather not dutiful, since it is your duty as a man to produce offspring (males, naturally). Taoist, as well, would comment on the nature of opposites and how they are “supposed” to go together, and how a yin-yin or yang-yang relationship was “unbalanced”.

          It is easy and tempting to place all the blame for homophobia on the Church, and indeed the Bible has been used as a weapon to combat the evils of same-sex pairings (also the evils of evolution, not having slaves, having slaves, eating pork, having sex, not having sex, etc.) for lo these many years, but the problem is that simply isn't accurate. Christianity simply gave homophobia an excuse, the way the Bible gave slavery an excuse.

          Of course, most of this has applied to men mostly, because when in history has anyone given two shits about the women?

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    At one of my proms, the lesbians just went stag and met up there. No one seemed to care, as we were self-centered high school students focused on the imminent sex and alcohol.

    This does not excuse the school's behavior, which is the institutional equivalent of taking a ball and going home because people don't want to play by your made-up rules.

  • http://lovewithoutsound.blogspot.com/ adam

    Hooray south!

  • ioksototeaterofsouls

    Shame, she looked like a really cute little lesbian too. I hope she moves out of that district to the big city where they let women wear trousers and ties and where she can be happy.

    • tonyviner

      I have to say that I am offended by your statement, she should not be expected to wear anything at all.

      • Skabhappy

        They mentioned in the article that she wanted to wear a tuxedo. Thats what the statement was in reference too.

        • tonyviner

          I was just agreeing in with the guy that she was cute, in a roundabout way.

  • tonyviner

    What I find surprising about this whole debacle is that everyone acts so surprised when things like this happen.

    STAND UP, AMERICA!

  • tonyviner

    EMAIL EMAIL EMAIL THE SCHOOL!!!! Her name is Teresa McNeece her email address is: tmcneece@itawamba.k12.ms.us

    • ThirdSection

      Aye aye sir!

  • Grip_Vaglery

    This is so 20th century.

  • ebwolf

    I hope the majority of the students don't blame this girl for “ruining their senior year” like the one in the article. Hopefully, they focus their anger where it belongs, on the backwards school officials.

  • Liz

    What makes me so sad is that people can say such horrible things about a child. She might be a teenager, but she is a CHILD living in a world that is spinning out of control from every end. The fact is- she went for PERMISSION. She didn't have to. She could have just shown up. She ASKED. They could have just said “no that's not a good idea. but thanks for playing.” … But please… PLEASE…when you post your comments…remember you are talking about a CHILD. What if this were your teenager on the global spotlight and you read such hateful things about her? I am not a parent. However, I work with youth every day who deal with such despair in their lives…. My heart breaks to see people in our society speaking so poorly about these kids. Part of me wants to do nothing more than cry- not because of the situation, but because of the hate that is radiating from the comments I have seen on the internet about this girl…. she's a child.

  • ScaryLesbian

    I'm taking my girlfriend to prom this year :)
    we're gonna shake up all those narrow-minded, small-town homophobes.

  • Tuna Ghost

    To clarify, Korea and Japan and China’s modern societies are still very homophobic, despite the fact that only one of those countries (South Korea) has a population is even HALF christian (the other half being buddhist, with a smattering of the aborignial animist beliefs lingering here and there on both sides). It may be strange to think that in a country where a man can marry a character from a video game, two men are usually not allowed into a love hotel together (sometimes not even a photo-booth). Part of the appeal of the whaddayacallit, the gay romance comics, is the illicit nature of the relationship, which are still not generally tolerated by these societies.

    Historically, any Confusicist society–we’re talking Korea and China here–would have held that homosexual pairings, since they did not produce offspring, were not a sin per se but rather not dutiful, since it is your duty as a man to produce offspring (males, naturally). Taoist, as well, would comment on the nature of opposites and how they are “supposed” to go together, and how a yin-yin or yang-yang relationship was “unbalanced”.

    It is easy and tempting to place all the blame for homophobia on the Church, and indeed the Bible has been used as a weapon to combat the evils of same-sex pairings (also the evils of evolution, not having slaves, having slaves, eating pork, having sex, not having sex, etc.) for lo these many years, but the problem is that simply isn’t accurate. Christianity simply gave homophobia an excuse, the way the Bible gave slavery an excuse.

    Of course, most of this has applied to men mostly, because when in history has anyone given two shits about the women?

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