Formal complaints

File this under “Well, we’ve got to punish her somehow“:

An 18-year-old Mississippi lesbian student whose school district canceled her senior prom rather than allow her to escort her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo said she got some unfriendly looks from classmates when she reluctantly returned to campus Thursday.

The district announced Wednesday it wouldn’t host the April 2 prom. The decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union told officials a policy banning same-sex prom dates violated students’ rights. The ACLU said the district not letting [Constance] McMillen wear a tuxedo violated her free expression rights.

I’ve got to assume that there’s at least one formal-wear establishment in Mississippi that didn’t have any problem with the poor girl coming in and getting fitted for a tux.

Says Jenn:

This was probably the right choice, this way none of the other students will catch the gay and civilization won’t crumble from two girls kissing.

At least she didn’t spell it “teh ghey.”

I remember that my own prom, forty-odd years ago, was subjected to extraneous political and/or cultural concerns, which didn’t get it canceled but did get it rescheduled for maximum inconvenience. To me, anyway, it’s another reason to take her side.

And you know, Ellen’s pretty darn dapper in a tux.



  1. Jenn »

    12 March 2010 · 7:28 am

    I thought about spelling it that way but decided that was pushing the sarcasm a bit hard.

  2. Brett »

    12 March 2010 · 8:45 am

    I’m not entirely on the side of the school district in banning her from escorting her girlfriend. Although the policy prohibits anyone from bringing a date of the same sex, not just her, so it’s not completely out of bounds, the burden tends to fall on her. The no-tux thing is different; schools can have dress codes and if no other girl is permitted to wear a tux then she’s out of luck.

    But I can’t support a lawsuit to force a school district to hold a prom. Will the court also force attendance should there be people who don’t want to go now? Will it prohibit any other prom-like events scheduled for the same night in order to prevent alternatives from hampering the district-sponsored one? Will it force parents or teachers to chaperone the district event if they’ve changed their minds about doing so because of the controversy? Will it force students to accept date invitations they might not have earlier so that there will be enough people at the prom to make it the kind of event it’s supposed to be?

    Although court-ordered dating might have helped me a lot back when.

  3. Donna B. »

    12 March 2010 · 5:24 pm

    Proms have been a problem ever since Carrie’s.

  4. Andrea Harris »

    13 March 2010 · 5:09 pm

    I never went to the prom. I had no interest in such things. I don’t understand why they still have them — all they seem to cause is trouble and just about everyone who goes seems to be scarred for life by the horrible experience.

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