Constance's Battle for Equality Wages On
We declared victory too soon.In case you're coming a little late to the Constance McMillen story, a quick...
In case you're coming a little late to the Constance McMillenstory, a quick refresher: McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Jackson, Mississippi, wanted to take her girlfriend to prom and in doing so, challenged a school policy against same-sex dates.
When the school decide to cancel prom altogether, the American Civil Liberties Union intervened, filing a suit against the school district, asking that it reverse its decision. A federal judge ruled that the school had indeed violated McMillen's rights, though it stopped short of reinstating the April prom date.
Meanwhile, the district ensured the court that a private prom, where all would be invited, would be held instead.
And right about there is when things continued their decline.
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that parents, administrators and students conspired to prove that in a Mississippi high school, separate still means equal. McMillen was invited to a decoy prom of seven students while the rest of her classmates partied elsewhere.
Intolerance isn't always this obvious. For shame.
Her battle is merely beginning.
Image via the Associated Press.