Civil Liberties Advocates Join Lawsuit That Alleges Discrimination Against Gay Student
March 22, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has joined a lawsuit filed against a Mississippi High School that announced it would cancel its prom because a lesbian student was planning to attend the event with her girlfriend.
In legal papers filed on March 16, the ACLU asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to issue a preliminary injunction to stop the Itawamba County School District from canceling the prom and from prohibiting Constance McMillen from bringing her girlfriend as a date and wearing a tuxedo.
“We are determined to get the prom back on the calendar and open to all students,” ACLU lawyer Christine Sun, who represents McMillen, told CNN.
“What this case comes down to is the school taking the extraordinary measure of canceling the prom, rather than live up to its legal obligation to fairly treat all students who want to come to it,” she added.
The case has attracted national attention, and offers to host or help fund an alternative independent prom have reportedly come from across the country.
A hearing on the motion has been set for March 22 at the Federal District Court in Aberdeen, Miss.