A follow up on the original story about Constance McMillan’s desire to go to her own prom with her girl friend has lead to a less than conclusive end:
ABERDEEN, Miss. — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Itawamba County, Miss., school board violated the rights of a lesbian student by canceling the prom when the student challenged a ban on same-sex dates, but the judge stopped short of ordering the district to reinstate the April 2 prom.U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson said he denied the injunction request because a private prom parents are planning will serve the same purpose as the school prom and because “requiring defendants to step back into a sponsorship role at this late date would only confuse and confound the community on the issue.”
Did Constance win/lose or did she lose/win? The school violated her rights. However the judge isn’t going to make things right. The school will not be forced to have a prom. The private prom folks will not be forced to admit Constance. Constance must go to the gay and lesbian prom instead of to her school prom. Does this sound like forced segregation to you?
The federal judge sounds like the chicken you-know- what judge to me. I thought the entire point of these kinds of court rulings was to either say yes her rights were violated and fix things or no her rights were not violated, go home and get over it. I guess there is a lot of laughter and snickering in the Itawamba County school district today. I guess they showed “them thar dykes a thing or 3 now didn’t they?” What a shame that this young woman’s civil rights weren’t upheld.
Maybe Constance McMillan has the last laugh after all. She appeared on the” Ellen” and was awareded $30,000 in scholarship money by the talk show host who said she was so proud of her. DeGeneres said:
“I admire you so much. “When I was your age I never would have had the strength to do what you are doing.”
Meanwhile, her ACLU lawyer is preparing round 2 of her legal battle.