It seems "If we can't keep the gays out then we're just going to take our ball and go home" mentality is sweeping the nation. First Catholic Charities cancels health care benefits for all partners of employees because they didn't want to cover gays, and now a high school in Mississippi canceled prom for everyone because a lesbian asked to go in a tux and bring a female date:
A northern Mississippi school district will not be hosting a high school prom this spring after a lesbian student sought to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.[...]
The student, 18-year-old high school senior Constance McMillen, said the cancellation was retaliation for her efforts to bring her girlfriend, also a student, to the April 2 dance.
"A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it's really retaliation," McMillen told The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson. Calls to McMillen by The Associated Press late Wednesday went unanswered.
The school in question actually had an explicitly stated straight-only policy for its prom that the ACLU was challenging with McMillen:
School policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. The ACLU of Mississippi had given the district until Wednesday to change that policy, arguing that banning same-sex prom dates violated McMillen's constitutional rights.
Instead, the school board met and issued a statement announcing it wouldn't host the event at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, "due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events."
One of her classmates is quoted in the article: "it's kind of ridiculous that they can't let her wear the tuxedo and it all be over with." Indeed it is. I know that educators have to lay down the law and make rules, but telling a girl that she has to go to a romantic event with a man or go alone is trying a little to much to control her and her sex life.
I'm guessing the school's lawyer told them that the ACLU had a point and would probably win and so they threw this little hissy-fit, but, seriously, they could have just accepted a student at their school as she is instead of trying to make her into a dress-wearing straight girl.
Update: And, of course, McMillen's going to have to take the brunt of the school's petty decision:
Constance McMillen says she didn't want to go back, but her father told her she needed to face her classmates and school officials in Fulton. McMillen says one student told her, "Thanks for ruining my senior year."