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Civil Liberties Advocates Join Lawsuit That Alleges Discrimination Against Gay Student

March 22, 2010 by  

Civil liberties advocates join lawsuit that alleges discrimination against gay student 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.

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  • s c

    For now, I am neutral on this topic. I fail to see how someone in high school can realize the difference between a true friend and a pc-dominated group that pretends to care about American rights.
    This is the same ACLU that dares to confuse free speech with what amounts to a form of identity theft based on outright lies. The ACLU is going to court to protect the outrageous acts of people who have lied about their military honors. Some of these charlatans claim to be Medal of Honor recipients, and they never served in the military.
    America will be a better country when the ACLU and similar groups no longer exist.

    • Joe H.

      We used to call them PX heroes!!! They would go in the PX and buy medals that they couldn’t even tell you what they were for and make up wild stories to impress the ladies. We would wait till they built themselves up and then EXPOSE them!!! What fun!!!

  • Big Al

    It’s hard to agree much with the ACLU, but this is obviously a case of a handful of biggoted people at the school who would rather hurt the entire group of kids, compared to simply permitting a homosexual student to enjoy prom with everyone else.
    The kids should raise their own money to have their own prom and seek donations online to do so–kick the school to the curb. The school has no right to tell someone with whom they can bring to prom,based on color or sexual orientation. Typical backwards redneck southern who don’t want to except its the 2010s, the the 1910s.

    • DaveH

      I agree Al, but the courts should stay out of it. Let the students and the school figure it out. How trivial. If I was a student there, I would say “Cancel the Prom, who cares?”. We are in the mess we’re in now because there are too many people wanting to mind the business of others.
      We need to get back to real Freedom. Government should only exist to protect us from the force of others. The Libertarian party accepts all people who respect that everybody has an inherent right to control their own bodies and legally acquired property (that includes money).

  • karen stickney

    These people are just like Cartman of “South Park”. Although he hasn’t done anything to the gay community, my ex-staff says he will eventually. What’s the big deal? As my friend Chris Hart would say, “You’re fired for two weeks!” This is ridiculous!

  • Katja

    If I understand this right, the prom in question is still some time in the future – at least two months.
    Now- HOW did the school know about the plans of that lesbian girl ?
    Why didn’t she keep her mouth shut and just show up at the prom with her tux and her gay lover ? That would leave no time to cancel the prom !
    As always, the girl had to make a big production of this; and THAT is just the reason why so many people dislike gays. It is not so much because of their sexual orientation, but to always want to be in the limelight, getting special rights, being in other people’s faces as much as they possibly can. THAT is disgusting, not what they do behind closed doors.

    • Joe H.

      Because she wanted to poke it in everyones face like they always want to!!! special laws, special protection, special dispensations! They think they are SPECIAL. I think they’re sick!!!

      • Big Al

        Wow. At least you admit you’re a biggot.

        • Joe H.

          If thats what you want to call it big al go ahead. If all she wanted was to attend then why like mentioned above did she not just show up on the night of the prom??? no she wanted to agrivate probably egged on by one group or another and it backfired!!! I feel no sorrow for her! and you call me a biggot? yeah Wright!!!

    • Big Al

      All she wants to do is go to the prom. Um. Where does the special needs start? She wants to go to the prom…with someone she likes… everyone else…..But the school won’t let it..If the school had just let her go like everyone else, there’d be no issue.
      But it’s her fault?

      • Meteorlady

        First of all it’s a sexual preference. Second – all she had to do was go to the prom with her friend. She didn’t need to ask permission of anyone, especially announce it to the school. She is selfish and self-centered and took away something important to the rest of her class.

        Gay people can ask for all the laws they want to legitimize their sexual preference, but most people will never condone the lifestyle.

  • Victor Barney

    Can you just imagine the actual result for all these people, if the Bible and word of Elohim to true? They won’t be happy, I’m sure!

    • s c

      Victor, today’s ultraliberal progressives have the same problem that people had in biblical times. That is, people will (for all manner of reasons) dare to read anything that sounds good or feels good into the Bible. These days, progressives do the same with the Constitution.
      These people have no use for standards (created by God or man-made). They seek exceptions for their own benefit. Their current two-legged ‘god’ pretends to care about transparency, hope and change. Until we do right and protect all things worth having, America will always suffer because of those who put themselves before others.

  • Debra

    I live close to this area and I hope this young confused girl is happy that she has brought such reproach on a wonderful Christian community.
    The percentage of God fearing, Bible obeying Christians in this town most definetly outweigh the few sporadic “lesbians/gays”.
    She knew this would go over like a lead ballon and this is the reason she let it be know prior to the dance.
    Majority rules and God most certainly rules.

  • sean murrey

    i think gays are mentally ill as for that socialist group aclu should be disbanded.

  • Allan

    Gays don’t need to wait for hell, because for many of them, the 24×7 natural scorn and loathing of the majority are hell on earth. That is why many gays develop substance abuse and other physical and mental problems over time. Obviously, very few people would choose to live a life being loathed. HOWEVER, the response by gay activist groups in the last several decades has been an “in your face” strategy. This unfortunately alienates those of us who believe in the golden rule but don’t like “in your face” approaches in general. Are gays better off for doing this? A law may change here and there, but the underlying dynamics basically do not, any more than with race relations. I say if the girl purposely tried the “in your face” approach here, she owns the result. If not, the school should follow the golden rule.

  • Sin Gularity

    I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the comments about this story. One person assumed this young girl did something “in your face” to announce that she was a big lesbian and wanted to bring her big lesbian girlfriend to the prom, like walking around the school with a megaphone during lunch and shouting it out, I suppose, and that apparently she deserves scorn based on this assumption. Because one person assumed that this is what happened, many subsequent posters jumped on the bandwagon and made this assumption as well as if it were fact. It is not fact.

    I’d like to introduce some facts: she didn’t make any “in your face”, announcement, she respectfully sought out permission from school administration/personnel to bring a girl to the prom. In response to this, not knowing how to respond to the situation, the school over-reacted and canceled the entire prom on March 10 (3 weeks before the prom was to have taken place on April 2, not 2 months as one person suggested) to avoid being accused of discriminating against this one girl. Obviously that plan failed. It’s also obvious why they did it, and thus why the girl is taking action against the school, not only to restore the prom for herself against the school’s horrible decision, but also to restore the prom for all of the other students who were also unfairly affected by the school’s failure to make a responsible, fair, and arguably, legal decision.

  • blackhat

    You know, I would like to “respectfully ask” if I can bring my girlfriend…but, you have to understand that she is a sheep. We are in love, so don’t make fun…

  • Meteorlady

    So why not just wear a dress and take your friend quietly to the dance? No, we have to have publicity, and get our 15 minutes of fame. Meanwhile all the seniors missed and opportunity to have something they will never have a change for again.

    This girl was selfish and self-centered.


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