UPDATE: ACLU Sues Mississippi School after District Cancels Prom over Lesbian Couple
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a Mississippi high school that cancelled its prom after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend to the event, according to ABC News.
"All I want is the same chance to enjoy my prom night like any other student. But my school would rather hurt all the students than treat everyone fairly," said Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi. "This isn't just about me and my rights anymore - now I'm fighting for the opportunity of all the students at my school to have our prom."
Christine Sun, McMillen’s attorney and Senior Counsel with the ACLU national LGBT Project, told CBS’ The Early Show that the ACLU is “fighting tooth and nail” to the get the prom reinstated so “Constance can bring her girlfriend to the prom, wear a tuxedo, and everyone can be themselves.”
The lawsuit specifically asks the court to reinstate the prom for all students, charges that the First Amendment guarantees students' right to bring same-sex dates to school dances, and cites cases holding that other parties' objections don't justify censorship. The ACLU also said that the school further violates McMillen's free expression rights by telling her that she can't wear a tuxedo to the prom.
GLAAD will continue to follow developments on the story. Be sure to check GLAADblog.org for updates.