Mississippi School District Cancels Prom Amid Lesbian Date Controversy

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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:13 AM
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Mississippi School District Cancels Prom Amid Lebian Date Controversy


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JACKSON, Mississippi - A northern Mississippi school district decided Wednesday not to host a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded she be able to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

The Itawamba County school district's policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi had given the district until Wednesday to change that policy and allow 18-year-old Constance McMillen to escort her girlfriend, who is also a student, to the dance on April 2.

Instead, the school board met and issued a statement announci
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[edit on 11-3-2010 by Maxmars]




posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:13 AM
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Saw this story on CNN this morning and had to bring it up here. Actually I put the Fox news link to the story which put their own spin on it, but the gist is there.

I find it amazing that this happened. First of all that the school canceled their prom, something that is planned months or years in advance, and then to outright admit that they are discriminating, by canceling the prom and suggesting it be put on privately, meaning "Then you can discriminate all you want, people."

IMO, in this day and age, we should be beyond this kind of treatment of others. What are people afraid of, that if a lesbian or gay person is near their child they might become that way too, or that lesbians and gays are going to be evil and corrupt others minds? Come on Mississippi. You just drew attention to something that could have been a non issue. And the fact that the girl wanted to wear a tuxedo is really no bigger a deal than some of the other outfits kids wear, have you been to a prom lately? All sorts of "prom wear" these days.

Ok, said my piece, what do you all think?

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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:24 AM
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This is beyond stupid. here are some fact about lesbians that the policy writers did not appreciate.

1) Lesbians are people.

2) they pay taxes like us heteros do.

3) A small amount of lesbians are criminals as are some heteros.

4) Homosexuality is not contagious.

I truly despair.

The ACL has my full support on this one.


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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:27 AM
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The school did what it thought was right, To be honest with you Prom should not be allowed to happen in any school it is a popularity contest, it has nothing to do with learning...

Now as far as the girl, she could have but on a dress or one of those buisness suits for women, and a bunch of girls could have shown up together and got there pictures taken. I have saw that at my Prom, Everyone new both the girls were gay, but there was really nothing they could do about it because they came as a group... Maybe instead of bucking the system she could have gone around it...


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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:30 AM
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Why not just show up to the prom without announcing it to the world? Why does one HAVE to wear a tuxedo? Just wear a dress and keep your piehole shut. Girls show up together all the time, even in my day.

Peace


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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:36 AM
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She wants to be a rebel and make a statement a High School is not the place, do it in college. She could have just put the damn dress on instead it looks like she ruined it for everybody.


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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:38 AM
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She didn't make the decision to cancel the prom, so how did she ruin it for everybody? The person(s) that ruined it for everyone are those that canceled the prom.

If a straight girl wanted to wear a tux to the prom, what would have happened? I bet the prom would still be happening.



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:41 AM
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Look at it this way, she could have kept her mouth shut and went with her girlfriend and other friends..... From what I recall tuxedos were to be worn by men and dresses by women...

So the fact she made a big stink about going against the school rules, then she went to an outside group for help, caused the school to cancel the prom... Cause and effect...



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:47 AM
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Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
Look at it this way, she could have kept her mouth shut and went with her girlfriend and other friends..... From what I recall tuxedos were to be worn by men and dresses by women...


There was a time when women didn't wear pants, only dresses. There was a time when women did not wear their hair short. Do people really get all that caught up about what people wear? All the stink about "don't be brainwashed by the mainstream" yet we're going to allow fashion magazines to dictate what people should/should not wear? Please. Predictable.


So the fact she made a big stink about going against the school rules, then she went to an outside group for help, caused the school to cancel the prom... Cause and effect...


I made quite a "huge stink" on something to this effect in high school with outside support and not only was there no prom cancellation or cancellation of after school activities, but it is now fine and ignored by those that don't believe such things should happen. It is not her fault the prom was cancelled, it was the backwoods Mississippians.

But again, predictable post.


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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:51 AM
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Here's the problem.. right here:


The Itawamba County school district's policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex.


This is 2010 not 1910, seems that this county's policy needs to be brought into the 21st century.


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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:53 AM
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Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
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Look at it this way, she could have kept her mouth shut and went with her girlfriend and other friends..... From what I recall tuxedos were to be worn by men and dresses by women...

So the fact she made a big stink about going against the school rules, then she went to an outside group for help, caused the school to cancel the prom... Cause and effect...


She should have KEPT HER MOUTH SHUT?

****hey yall, want an example of misogyny in action, look no further.

What a shame this happened, what an ignorant group of adults running this school district.



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:54 AM
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Bottom line is this girl had a right to make a stink whether you agreed with it or not. If she wanted to wear a suit and take her girlfriend to prom then so what? The schoolboard could have met her halfway and come to an agreement. Society today is one big bigoted ball of ignorance and lacking empathy and compassion.

What a world.

Cheers



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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Originally posted by SaveTheDrama
Here's the problem.. right here:


The Itawamba County school district's policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex.



So the girls could've still showed up without a date and gotten into the prom.....and then enjoyed the prom together. Seems easy enough for me.

Peace



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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Originally posted by SaveTheDrama
Here's the problem.. right here:


The Itawamba County school district's policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex.


This is 2010 not 1910, seems that this county's policy needs to be brought into the 21st century.



To you its okay to many Americans it is not, why do you think only 4-5 states allow gay marriage, give it time it will be accepted evenutally... Years ago Blacks and Whites could not marry, but now they can. In time it will be okay for two people from the same sex to marry...



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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Originally posted by niteboy82
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She didn't make the decision to cancel the prom, so how did she ruin it for everybody? The person(s) that ruined it for everyone are those that canceled the prom.

If a straight girl wanted to wear a tux to the prom, what would have happened? I bet the prom would still be happening.


No, the girl said she knew ahead of time what the school district rules were and that what she wanted to do would cause problems.

That's what turns her decision into grandstanding.

This is a democracy where the majority is supposed to rule. The rights of many don't get trumped by the rights of one.

And what's wrong with a private prom anyway? In these economic times, saving the school the cost of putting it on would be a good thing.

Plus, no one says these two girls can't also have their own private prom - for two.



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:58 AM
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Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
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Look at it this way, she could have kept her mouth shut and went with her girlfriend and other friends..... From what I recall tuxedos were to be worn by men and dresses by women...

So the fact she made a big stink about going against the school rules, then she went to an outside group for help, caused the school to cancel the prom... Cause and effect...


If you are think she is the one at fault here, walk away from the internet, find a hard surface, and repeatedly ram your head into this hard surface to scientifically test how utterly thick headed you are.



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:58 AM
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These KIDS are in HIGH SCHOOL, they are there to learn not dance.... When they graduate they can rock the boat elsewhere.



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:01 AM
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Look she could have kept quite showed up with her Girl Friend and had a good time, however she knowingly stirred up trouble in a way that only teenagers could, I can guarantee you (almost) that if she know the prom was going to be canceled she would have went around the rule instead of through it...



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:03 AM
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Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
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These KIDS are in HIGH SCHOOL, they are there to learn not dance.... When they graduate they can rock the boat elsewhere.


I wonder if someone were to investigate, just how many communications there were between the girl, her family, and the ACLU BEFORE her decision to challenge the school rules was made?

You see if that happened, then the grandstanding charge and the charge that SHE ruined the prom for everyone else stick.



posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:03 AM
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This girl does not wear dresses in her real life, but now she is being told wear one or forget her prom, bring a boy, or forget her prom. Do you not see how unfair that is?

Can you imagine being told to wear a dress, even though this is not who you are? Hey, she wanted to dress up, but she didn't want wear a dress. And your sneaky idea to "go with your all your girlfriends and then do what you want when you get to the prom" really shows that you are very intolerant of people that are not hetero. She is the Rosa Parks of Mississippi Prom night, good for her.





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