ACLU Sues Mississippi School for Canceling Prom Because Gay Couple Planned to Attend

As reported by the Associated Press,

A northern Mississippi school district will not be hosting a high school prom this spring after a lesbian student sought to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

The school is the Itawamba Agricultural High School in Tupelo, Mississippi (birthplace of Elvis Presley).  Here’s what happened.  Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old high school senior who is gay wanted to bring her girlfriend to prom.  Her girlfriend is also a student.  The school’s policy required that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex.  The ACLU of Mississippi demanded that the school change its policy because it violates the students’ constitutional rights.  Instead of changing the policy, the school canceled prom.

The school’s cancellation is discriminatory, bratty, cowardly, and stupid.  If they really don’t want gay students at the prom, they should fight it in court and stand up for whatever stupid beliefs they have.

The school made this statement —

It is our hope that private citizens will organize an event for the juniors and seniors, . . . . [h]owever, at this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the Itawamba County School District, after taking into consideration the education, safety and well being of our students. (source)

Siouxsie will unpack school board’s message for you — Gays are dangerous.  Hold your own prom, and discriminate however you want.

This is wrong.

And apparently the ACLU of Mississippi agrees.

In today’s legal complaint, the ACLU asks the court to reinstate the prom for all students and charges that the First Amendment guarantees students’ right to bring same-sex dates to school dances and cites cases holding that other parties’ objections don’t justify censorship. The ACLU also said that the school further violates McMillen’s free expression rights by telling her that she can’t wear a tuxedo to the prom.  (source)

A copy of the complaint can be found at this link.

As for women wearing tuxedos, it is nothing new.  And it is much more tasteful, quite honestly, than most prom gowns.

Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, and Katharine Hepburn made the woman tux famous many years ago.

Marlene Dietrich pictured in her iconic tuxedo.

And more recently, the look has been seen on Rhianna, Ashley Olsen, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, and Dita Von Teese.

Tiny top hat tip to Amy W.

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~ by siouxsielaw on March 11, 2010.

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