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Constance McMillen's Lesbianism Cancelled Prom

Constance McMillen's lesbianism cancelled her Mississippi prom or so McMillen fears. The Associated Press revealed that the eighteen year old senior's decision to attend her Spring Prom with her girlfriend caused the Itawamba Agricultural High School, in rural Mississippi, to cancel the event altogether. The AP stated that "a lesbian student (Constance McMillen) sought to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo" and that "School policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex."

In an interview with a local paper, The Clarion Ledger, from McMillen's home town in Fulton, Mississippi, McMillen stated "Oh, my God. That's really messed up because the message they are sending is that if they have to let gay people go to prom that they are not going to have one...A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it's really retaliation."

The administration responded to McMillen's claims in the form of a public statement. It said "Due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events, the Itawamba County School District has decided to not host a prom at Itawamba Agricultural High School this year." Later in the statement, the school district encouraged a community based prom rather than a school based prom, which only increases McMillen's fear, and perhaps only encourages discrimination toward her and other homosexuals attending the school. McMillen's supporters insist that the school's policy banning same sex prom dates is a violation of McMillen's "constitutional rights."

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