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. Matt B

    Wow and I thought the country was moving forward. What a shame for the students, who are most definitley more accepting then the administrationa nd teachers are. Sad to this see happen.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zack

    Seriously the priorities people have are so twisted nowadays. They should be fighting to make the US a better place. Not for some silly prom that got canceled.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vic

    And that isn't considered discrimination? Sounds like it to me.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Yedidya

    glad to see that there is at least one federal judge who stands for whats normal and right. Too many minority groups are coercing authorities and normal institutions into doing things that the general public regard as against their rights and privileges.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    What!?!?!? Oh my stars, the world is going to come to an end. A girl wanted to dance with another girl....? Next we'll have a black man in the White House. Oh wait. Time to grow up people. Get past your petty prejudices and accept the world for what it is–diverse.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cha cha mulwowwee

    Ahhhhhh they'll sleep with their siblings but they won't lesbians go to a prom. awesome! keep up the inbreeding!

    March 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    This is a terrible decision for equality. The school took an overly dramatic step in this situation and was incredibly intolerant. Now the the judge is added in to the ignorant and intolerable mix. It is a shame that such a person could be making legal decisions.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kelly

    I don't think they should be required to hold a prom. Nonetheless, they are still pathetic for canceling it in the first place. Unfortunately bigotry still is a powerful force. I guess it probably always will be.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adam

    And the ignorance rolls on.......So sorry for that young girl. Bigotry is causing her to lose a great life experience....Keep Fighting and Good Luck!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BobH

    Sure seems discriminatory to me. Can they shut down the library if a gay person wants to read there?

    Seems terribly unfair.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. renato crocetti

    After the tea party comments ,this seems an appropriate follow up. Shame on the Judge and the school. It is shocking the amount of bigotry still present in our country

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dave

    excellent. Way to go, girl-that-excersizes-rights....only to keep others from enjoying their life too...because ehe's too selfish to see past the end of her nose.

    Way to go!!!....

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rick_Okla

    Thumbs up for this judge, it would have been a different story if he/she was from California.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sbtim

    This girl probably isn't even a lesbian, she just wants the attention.. and she got it.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kari

    I just think this is ridiculous! I don't necessarily agree with the homosexual lifestyle, but they have a right to all of our God given rights as anyone else. This is a travesty to this girl and the entire senior class. It is time for America and the world to wake up and stop being biased. If it were about an ethnic issue, this wouldn't even be close to happening. To all parents, stop and think, would you love your children any less if they told you they were homosexual? I think not. I believe you are born this way, you cannot be "swayed".

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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