By Melanie Nathan, 3.20.10 – The news regarding Constance McMillen, whose insistence on attending the school Prom with her Girlfriend caused the Prom’s cancellation, is ongoing.
While one would have thought that School Board would have reversed itself, especially given the extraordinary amount of national coverage received and the accolades of hero attributed to Constance, by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, what has happened in my opinion, has made the matter worse and the insult and resulting pain, exacerbated.
Shame on Fulton, Mississippi, a town a mere two hours from the metropolis of Memphis, Tennessee – !
Constance who has been fighting for a prom for ALL of her classmates, has been specifically excluded from a private Prom being organized by the Parents. What an awful example to set for children.
According to Evan Hurst, in his report at TWO : The most recent school board response is states that parents have organized a private p
rom at a furniture mart in nearby Tupleo [sic]. Now that the school district has withdrawn from the event, any constitutional claims are irrelevant, Griffith wrote. [American Civil Liberties Union attorney Christine] Sun said she had only heard rumors of the private dance until she read it in the brief.
nstance has not been invited, so it is clear to me that what is happening is that the school has encouraged a private prom that is not open to all the students,” she said. “That’s what Constance is fighting for—a prom where everyone can go.”
On one discussion on an Internet bulletin board about the planned prom in Tupelo, a poster who identified himself as a junior at the high school said the prom would be “invitation only.”
“Constance and her gay-activist friends will not be attending,” he said. “They can go have their own prom because we certainly do not want any of them there.”
The poster expressed frustration at the attention the issue had brought to the city of about 4,000…. this article should be read in its entirety at read more….. http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2010/03/7693/
By Melanie Nathan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Rights and Equality Advocacy