U.S. District Judge Says The Prom To Stay Cancelled But The Lesbian Teenager’s Rights InfringedMarch 24th, 2010 - 10:17 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
March 24, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The prom still remains annulled at a Mississippi high school that terminated the prom rather than allowing a lesbian student to carry her girlfriend with her to the prom. Nonetheless, a federal judge pronounced on Tuesday that the district’s measures did go against the teenager’s legal civil rights that have been sanctioned by the American constitution.
U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson turned down the American Civil Liberties’ Union’s (ACLU) stipulation to compel the Itawamba County school district to organize the prom on April 2. However, he articulated that the annulment of the prom did contravene the 18-year-old Constance McMillen’s civil liberties and that he would conduct a legal examination on the matter.
That would come too belatedly for the prom to be retrieved at the Itawamba Agricultural High School. Still, Kristy Bennett, the legal director of ACLU Mississippi, referred to the pronouncement as a success.
The ACLU filed a suit against the district to oblige it to put in order the prom and permit McMillen to carry her girlfriend and be dressed in a tuxedo. School administrators uttered in the U.S. District Court this week that they determined to call off the prom for the reason that McMillen’s confrontation against the regulations of the school had resulted in disturbances.
The judge observed that McMillen has been explicitly lesbian since she was in the eighth grade and that she planned to converse a point by dressing herself up in a tuxedo and executing a same-sex date i.e. a lesbian date.
Davidson declared that the court considered that the abovementioned articulation and message fell directly inside the purview of the First Amendment.
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