Thank goodness for civil liberties groups! The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing a Mississippi high school that cancelled its prom rather than let a lesbian student attend with her girlfriend.
In papers filed with the US District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, the ACLU asks the court to reinstate the prom for all students at the school and charges Itawamba County School District officials with violating Constance McMillen's First Amendment right to freedom of expression.
"All I wanted was 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," said McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi. "This isn’t just about me and my rights anymore – now I'm fighting for the right of all the students at my school to have our prom." (read more at aclu.org)
A Facebook Fan Page has been set up: Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend to Prom!
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