March 23rd, 2010
05:02 PM ET

Judge rules against lesbian high schooler in prom case

[Updated, 5:02 p.m.] In his 12-page order, U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson denied a motion for an injunction filed by Constance McMillen, a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, against the Itawamba County School District's superintendent, the school's principal and its assistant principal.

In his order, Davidson ruled that McMillen failed to show that granting the injunction would serve the public interest.

Read the judge's opinion | Read the full story

[Posted, 4:44 p.m.] A federal judge on Tuesday said he would not order a school district to hold a prom that it had canceled after an openly lesbian student asked to attend with her girlfriend.

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  1. Bree

    Did the judge give a reason why?

    March 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vivek

    Is it just me or are news sites getting lazier and lazier?

    March 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Starcruiser

    I would hope the Judge would tell the school from now on they had to ask all the senior class if anyone of them were gay or lesbian and if any indicated they were, they'd have to cancell the Prom that year....Only fair.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. todd

    Which just shows that even in 2010, there is one minority left it is ok to discriminate against.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Buckley

    What was the judges reason for doing this. If the school district is within the law then that is it.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. W Perez

    This is a flagrant case of discrimination by the people assigned to maintain the civil liberties of all americans. It is a shame.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay Delgado

    "...after an openly lesbian student asked to attend with her girlfriend."

    She didn't 'ask', right? When the lesbian informs the school of what she is going to do through her lawyer and the ACLU, she's not 'asking'....

    ...she's demanding.

    Please don't use the word 'ask'. It is misleading, in my opinion; and the reason why people have stopped listening to the MSM as a whole.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becca

      Initially she did ask, if you've been following the story. It was after she asked and was told no that the prom was cancelled.

      July 20, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. mrose31

    Since WHEN did it become a problem for girls (or boys) to attend a prom together? Just because they are a couple should not matter. I am ashamed that any school would cancel an entire event because of this situation. There are behaviors far more offensive that occur at these group events than a pair of lesbians on a date.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. aliennetwork

    Wow! That is the longest story ever. Should have just said "See Title^"

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SK

    Future Strom Thurmonds and George Wallaces hard at work here. Isn't it strange how religion can STILL in 2010 be used effectively to deny human rights? (And yes, the anti-homosexual stance of governments in the United States is religion-based).

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nick Fox

    and discrimination continues....

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard McCammon

    That is ridiculous. This school should be ashamed of themselves.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kelsey

    Just pathetic. So now the high school wins and the students that go there can continue to ridicule her for ruining their prom and because she's a lesbian. Great lesson to teach the kids. Just because she wanted to attend with her girlfriend they don't get prom. Completely immature. Not like it's a private school... She was trying to be open and give the school a heads up that she would be attending with her girlfriend. At my high school prom, we had a bunch of lesbian and gay couples that came together and guess what? The straight couples were the ones people were offended by.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. steveR

    well at least one federal judge hoas some common sense. A "prom" is not a legal right.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe Henry

    Good for the courts to stand by the school's decision.!

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
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