Itawamba County Schools in Mississippi have a policy which states that all prom dates must be of the opposite sex. Constance McMillan a Lesbian Senior is now challenging that. McMillan wanted to bring her girlfriend to the prom, instead of denying the request Itawamba County Schools simply cancelled the prom. As you might imagine, the ACLU has filed suit on behalf of Constance McMillan.
The ACLU had given the school system until Wednesday to reinstate the prom, they’ve refused and the lawsuit goes on. Constance McMillan chose to fight against the ban on same sex dates at the prom; who knew the school board wouldn’t have the stomach to fight the fight. Amazingly they simply cancelled the prom, disappointing not only Constance McMillan but every other student who was slated to go.
In this day and time the school board in Itawamba County Mississippi had to realize they weren’t going to get away with a draconian policy stating what type of date a person could bring to the prom. Whatever your morals and standards you must be realistic. Had the school system simply allowed Constance McMillan’s Lesbian date to attend with her they would have avoided a mountain of legal trouble that they are now embroiled in; not to mention the bad press.
The school board indicated that they chose to cancel the prom because of the “distraction” that the Constance McMillan situation was becoming. They stated that they were taking into account the education, safety, and well being of all the students. Constance McMillan disagrees:
“All I want is the same chance to enjoy my prom night like any other student. But my school would rather hurt all the students than treat everyone fairly,” “This isn’t just about me and my rights anymore — now I’m fighting for the opportunity of all the students at my school to have our prom.”
You just know that the Constance McMillan Lesbian High School prom problem has school boards all over the country searching their policies with a fine tooth comb, probably making changes where necessary. Nobody, especially a school board wants to find themselves in the crosshairs of the ACLU over an issue like this. This is a fight the school board will not win.