Missouri gay teen can't bring date to prom, district may face legal action

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February 15, 2013

They're words that may not mean much to some, but for others like Stacy Dawson, it's a big deal. "I was really shocked, and it was really depressing," said Dawson. Dawson asked Scott County Central administrators if he could bring his same-sex date to the senior prom. "The school board says since it was in the handbook it could be awhile before it was changed, and I probably would not be able to bring my date," said Dawson. The handbook states, "High School students will be permitted to invite one guest, girls invite boys and boys invite girls." "We looked at the policy and realized it was blatantly unconstitutional," said Alesdair Ittelson. Ittelson is a staff attorney for the civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center. Ittelson sent a letter to Scott County Central School District Officials requesting them to change the handbook. "It tells LGBT students that they don't deserve the same rights as their heterosexual peers, and that's not right and that's not constitutional," said Ittelson.