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.

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[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. dc_city

    Isn't the whole senior class at this PUBLIC highschool considered part of the "the public"? And really are they not the only public who have a true interest in the outcome of this case? So sure seems like granting the injunction is serving the interests of THAT public. BS Judge!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Shame on the this so-called Judge. I hope this young woman takes this further. Discrimination is wrong.

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  3. James

    Sad to here the decision, now the girl needs to move on and put the scholership that she recieved from the Ellen Degerause show and get a great education and move out of this bible thumpin back woods broken down state and make a better life for herself elsewhere.

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  4. Darren Ical

    This country is moving forward all right. Straight to hell in a handbasket. When bleeding heart liberals like the ones here believe that a high school prom is a right. You people had better get right with whatever God you believe in. Judgement day is coming and this issue will be cleared up once and for all.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joseph

    The school district was already considering canceling the prom well before this additional drama unfolded. People assume that the school board here sit in their chairs with horns and pitch forks just trying to think up ways to hurt gays and lesbians? Really?

    While I think it is a shame that this schools kids wont get a senior prom, I would be hardly suprised to see it happening at alot of schools this year what with so many budget shortfalls and whatnot.

    Grow up people.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patti in Dallas

    C'mon, CNN - get your facts right (and COMPLETE) before you put a misleading headline on your front page, please? The judge did not "rule against" Constance McMillen – he ruled that the school district violated her constitutional rights but would not force the school district to sponsor the prom as a remedy. How has it happened that CNN.com readers are now telling YOU what the correct news is?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bobby

    What no more details on reason why? How much bribe did this judge take for that lame excuse?

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  8. 4threv

    A few decades ago it was a shame to have premarital sex. Not too long ago it was a shame to be homosexual. NAMBLA is now protesting to make adult-child sexual relationship legal. Anybody see a possible trend here with the sexual promiscuity thing. Religion or not....this behavior is eating at the fabric of normal family based societies.

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  9. Woody

    The older generation had to hide from everything. Those that are against people being who they are , is a sign they themselves have something to hide. Schools today do very little agains bullies, students drinking liquor, or when they skip school. This only gives adults the right to pick on somebody without it looking like that is what they are doing. I wish adults would grow up . It is bad enough when kids act up. You can not hide from the real world anymore. It is sad when teachers do.

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  10. clay

    yes in that case they should cancel all the basketball games if there is a gay player too right? That really is unfortunate for everybody involved, there are no winners here...

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  11. Matt

    If you're ever wondering why people from other countries say things like "Americans are the stupidest, most vile pack of monsters in the developed world," I would refer you to comment threads such as these.

    Apologies to the majority of you who don't take pleasure in the suffering of a teenage girl, but your voices are drowned out by the bigoted cacophony of your stupid, evil compatriots. I hope to hell you turn out at the polls to cancel their votes this fall.

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  12. Michael

    I think that this issue should have been put to a vote by the STUDENTS attending the prom.
    If nothing else they could hold the prom at a different location with parent supervision instead of school supervision.

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  13. Joyce

    Seems to me it's only fair to shut down that school so they won't have any gays or lesbians attending cl assess.

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  14. michaell

    Hard to believe there remain people who openly practice discrimination - and seem almost proud of it. Their grandchildren will view these actions much as our generation views the old segregation laws – as a product of ignorance and fear.

    Nevertheless, it seems a stretch to force the district to hold a prom, better to fire the school board in the next election. Of all people, they should be modeling tolerance.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. amc8ce

    The District said it cancelled the prom because a Lesbian couple at the prom would be distracting to the learning enviornment. I'm sure all the news coverage, and reporters around the school is less distracting. Good call school board. I could see this one comming from a mile away. I'm sure everyone at the school already knew they were a couple anyways. Do you have to graduate highschool to be on the school board.

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