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Another WIN For Constance McMillen!

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A federal judge has ordered Mississippi's Itawamba County School District to pay the $81,000 in legal fees and expenses that Constance McMillen incurred after having to bring them to court for banning her from her high school's prom - all because she wanted to bring her girlfriend as a date!

As they should! We're so thrilled that justice has been served!

Discrimination and bigotry have no place in this country, and ESPECIALLY not in schools!

Congratulations, bb!

A well-deserved victory!


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Constance's Old School Denies Setting Up Sham Prom!

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We're not buying it!

The Itawamba County School District is denying the American Civil Liberties Union's claims on Constance McMillen's behalf that they set her up to attend a "sham prom" at the country club with a few other students while the rest of the student body attended a prom at the nearby community center.

The ACLU alleged that the school district superintendent Teresa McNeece and attorney Michele Floyd ran a meeting with parent organizers to hold separate proms.


While the district admitted some of the photographs were from an event that night at the Evergreen Community Center, other photos they had in their case were of students at a function in Memphis, Tennessee.

Constance has since transferred schools and will graduate on June 2.

Good for you, girlfriend!

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So Sad. Judge Denies Constance Her Prom

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This deeply saddens us.

U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson has ruled in favor of the Itawamba County School District's decision to cancel the High School prom because of Constance McMillen's request to bring her girlfriend as a date.

In his 12-page order, he claims McMillen failed to show that granting the injuction would serve the public interest.

We suppose equal rights just aren't that big a priority for some people!

Hold your head up high, Constance! You have a lot of people sharing your pain and standing 100% behind you all over the country.


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Constance McMillen Brings Her School District To Court To Fight For Her Rights!!


It has begun!

As we've reported, Constance McMillen is the Mississippi teenager who has been fighting for her right to bring her girlfriend as a date to her high school's prom. She has made national headlines for her bravery and grace during a very public ordeal, and is now testifying in a US district court case against her school district!!

Of course, NOW the school officials are claiming they thought about canceling the prom even BEFORE Constance came forward with her request!

In the proceedings yesterday, Superintendent Teresa McNeece testified that they were concerned about the use of drugs or alcohol at a school-sponsored prom, so they were hesitant to hold the event from the getgo.

YEAH RIGHT! Like possible drug and alcohol use has ever stopped most high schools from throwing proms before??

She also attempts to blame McMillen for causing massive disruptions with her request.

"We were being hounded every day. Our students were being hounded. We were having a tough time of any bell-to-bell instruction."

Of course, during her cross-examination, apparently McNeece could not give any specific as to what those disruptions were. We're guessing because there WERE NONE.

The American Civil Liberties Union, who represent Constance and are behind the lawsuit, claimed in court that the school district has violated the teen's First Amendment right and claim that the outpour of resentment and anger was only AFTER the school cancelled prom, not while Constance made her request.

McMillen claims that the day prom was cancelled she had to leave school because the backlash from her peers was so intense:

"There were so many dirty looks. A lot of people didn't like me very much."

Poor thing!

US District Judge Glen H. Davidson has not specified when he will make his final ruling on the matter.

In the meantime, parents have reportedly been organizing a prom for the students, but Constance claims she has not been told about it!

Nice! What a great example to set for your kids, folks!

Luckily, the ACLU is organizing its own prom on May 8th that is open for everyone but specifically geared toward other gay students!

Good! Everyone deserves a High School prom!

Your courage has truly touched us, Constance!! Keep that head held high, you're in our thoughts!!

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Mississippi School District SUED For Discriminating Against Lesbian Student!!

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Good!! People NEED to know that this is NOT OKAY.

After the Itawamba school district in Mississippi decided to cancel their high school's prom rather than let a lesbian student attend the dance with her girlfriend, they were slapped with a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union!!

The ACLU claims that the student, Constance McMillen, has had her First Amendment right to freely express herself taken away, and is asking that the U.S. District Court have the school's prom reinstated.

McMillen says:

"All I wanted was 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. This isn't just about me and my rights anymore — now I'm fighting for the right of all the students at my school to have our prom."

Once again, we can't believe how much grace and strength this young woman speaks with.

Keep fighting the good fight, girlfriend!!

You've got A LOT of support coming your way!!

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