School prom canceled after lesbian’s date request
Mar. 11, 2010 06:20 AM
JACKSON, Miss. – An 18-year-old student says a Mississippi school board that canceled a high school prom did so in retaliation for her request to bring a same-sex date.
The American Civil Liberties Union had demanded that the Itawamba County school district allow senior Constance McMillen to attend with her girlfriend. A school district policy requires that dates be of the opposite sex.
A school board statement Wednesday announced the district wouldn’t host the April prom. The district’s statement didn’t mention McMillen’s request but did refer to unspecified recent “distractions.”
McMillen tells The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson in Thursday’s edition that other students at the school will hate her for the board’s decision and called it retaliation.
There are some days that I wonder if all 50 states are part of the same country. I went to my proms and so did all of my friends. I guess none of us had the issue of having to take someone of the same sex, but there is no way my high school in Scottsdale, Ariz. would have canceled our prom due to one person’s choice of who they are attracted to and decide to bring to a school dance.
I understand that southern states have come a long way since the days of the Jim Crow Laws, but they need to move at a faster rate. There is now that imbalance amongst the states. There are states that allow same sex marriage, while others cancel a prom because of a lesbian couple.
Something needs to be done about this, whether it means having the Human Rights Department of the United Nations intervene or some parents who are not so close minded voice their opinions in front of the school board. Students shouldn’t be lax about this either. This issue is far more complex than the fact that a prom is being canceled; it is expressing how some individual’s rights are being violated due to their sexuality…in the 21st century.
This article reminds me of the film Footloose and how teens weren’t able to dance or have a school dance…what has America turned to? Or failed to evolve to?