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. Carolyn Bild

    Definiton of prom: "A formal dance held for a high-school or college class typically at or near the end of the academic year."

    Perhaps she should have attended the prom without asking permission with respect to her chosen date, It seems likely everyone would have adjusted and had a good time, anyway. Do the dissenters imagine there would have been a frenzied Carrie-like exodus?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger Cannon

    The school administrators are wrong but far too shallow to ever admit that prejudice rules their thinking. When are American adults going to grow up?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill Gannon

    Does this school receive any federal funds? Just asking.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. so sad

    I just want to know why she had to ask who she brought? Why didn't she just show up with her date? Then what would they have said? Nothing. They would have had to deal with it. I think it is so sad that in todays world we still feel the need to discrimnate people, and it doesn't matter if people are born this way or choose to be. In the end, they are still gay or lesbian. Just let them be. Let them love. Let them live. It is a God given right, and no one should stand in the way.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roger Cannon

    Dear 'stand up for your rights': Do you also believe that being left-handed is a learned behavior?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kim

    @Post 17, For your information, fighting for equal rights IS fighting to make the US a better place. I completely disagree with a judge, with this type of ignorance no wonder the US is a spiraling black hole of debt and war. Against Health Care Reform? Against equal rights? It seems like America wants to wollow in its own ignorance.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frost Errant

    These are the simpletons that are teaching our children. They adults behave childish and take their football and go home if you don't play by their archaic rules.
    I'm ashamed to be an Amerkan when I read nonsense like this. The judge and the school should hide their heads in shame.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Last time I looked, a senior prom is not constitutionally mandated.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    The young lady indeed has a civil right to engage in whatever lawful behavior she wishes, including a homosexual relationship. That does not, however, dictate that the social structure of a school must to adjust its moral norm to include all such expressions. Another student might wish to express himself as a transvestite, or one might be engaged in a relationship with a much older partner, or perhaps some other imaginative configuration protected by civil rights. 'Lawful" does not guarantee social acceptance. Even non-religious people have common standards of behavior (i.e. morals) which, if exceeded, are uncomfortable and non-desireable to them. Must they compromise their morals to satisfy the morals of another?

    March 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peolpe Are Clueless

    Just another example of gays trying to force their beliefs on the rest of us. If people do not want a certain type ofperson around them, that is their right to exclude them. The lez should go to California if she wants to be accepted. Gays can always go start their own country if they want to be freaks out in the open!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. olivia

    When did being gay or lesbian become an "alternative" lifestyle. That worlding in itself is implying that it is in some way a decision. This isn't deciding to not shave your legs or wear deodorant, people...

    March 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chancy Berbank

    "Davidson ruled that McMillen failed to show that granting the injunction would serve the public interest."
    I don't see what is wrong with the judges decision. How are you going to FORCE a school to have a prom?? Prom is not a right or a school requirement.
    This girls lifestyle obviously went against the schools moral judgement.
    At this age kids have fads/fazes and like to do things for show and just to say they can do it. Secular/liberal society/irresponsible(sex obsessed, do what feels good)media is teaching young people that its fun and great to be gay. Not only is it morally wrong but it physically goes against why two adults(a man and a woman) were made to have a relationship which leads to marriage then children.

    March 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Denyde Justice

    Over 50 years ago the bigots' hate for black and white couples were also reflected in similar judgments. Perhaps the gay couples should have a separate-but-equal prom, a Gay Crow prom. The same kind of judge 50 years ago would have ruled in favor of stopping a prom to prevent a mixed couple from attending too. Hell, they went so far as simply to not allow blacks and whites from attending the same schools much less than a prom.

    I'm guessing the judge is a reflection of the majority in his community that elected him into office. The anti-gay bigots win again with the law on their side. I bet they're proud of themselves, but still wishing Mississippi could revert its laws back 50 years to the good ol' days.

    March 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. calmdown

    Well, vicitm of democrat hyprocisy –
    Neither was riding in the front of the bus

    March 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. haveitattheothervenue

    They were all offered to have their prom elsewhere.....then they should do it. I'm sure it would be a better prom for them.

    March 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
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