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We'd Rather Cancel the Prom Than Let a Girl Bring a Female Date


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Jenny
- 3266 days ago - care2.com
This is the sentiment evoked by one Mississippi school that, this week, has decided to cancel its annual prom rather than let a young female student, who self-identifies as lesbian, bring her partner to the prom.



   

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Teresa W (782)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:38 am
That's discrimination!
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:55 am

I am SO GLAD you posted this, Jenny!

When I heard of it this morning on the news, I was disgusted. This poor student has now been embarrassed TWICE -- first, by the school for refusing her request; and now by making the student body resent her for having the prom cancelled.

(Checking calendar . . . yup it's 2010!)
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:55 am
Thanks for your comment, Teresa.
Yes, discrimination, and very sad for all concerned.
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:57 am
Thank you Carole. Yes it is 2010, believe it or not!
 

Pamylle G (461)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 10:52 am
This is very sad. I agree this is a further humiliation, and puts her in at best an awkward situation, at worst a dangerous one.

It's so ironic that the misguided "morality" that inspires this is truly mean-hearted.

Thanks, Jenny.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 10:53 am
 
Take Action!
 
Contact the school and let them know you support Constance McMillen's right to bring her date to the prom. Click here for more information.
 
I intend to write the school district, and include the URL for this news in my letter.
 
 

Barbara W (342)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 10:53 am
The hypocrites never cease! To punish an entire graduating class is a perfect example of how out of touch some are with reality. We are suppose to be a free society. As such, while we may disagree with some issues, ideas, etc., "We" are not God and have no right to pass judgment! These are young folks who have earned the right to have their prom. It stands to reason that the ones standing in the way of this prom going forward are those who believe that they know better. Not! No matter what you call this it's not only discrimination but the arrogance of those who would "Dare" decide to punish an entire school, fully understanding that they are promoting hate, and or intolerance, towards a fellow student...With Mississippi dark history of discrimination this should surprise no one..
 

Karen S (106)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:08 am
Something similar happened in Canada in 2002. The courts intervened and ruled in favour of the student. Here's a brief description:

From CBC's Same-sex rights timeline: "Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert McKinnon rules that a gay student has the right to take his boyfriend to the prom.

Earlier, the Durham Catholic District School Board said student Marc Hall couldn't bring his 21-year-old boyfriend to the dance at Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic high school in Oshawa. Officials acknowledge that Hall has the right to be gay, but said permitting the date would send a message that the Church supports his "homosexual lifestyle." Hall went to the prom."
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:11 am
 
Letter sent to school board:
 
"After first hearing of the above decision by your school board on national news this morning, and having read further, I am compelled to write to let you know of my disgust at this decision, based entirely upon controlling, restrictive, prejudicial sentiments.
 
Being appointed as "governors" and guardians of an educational system, you have a moral and civic obligation to protect the Constitutional rights, and psychological well-being, of ALL students who attend schools in your district.
 
This is an appallingly malicious act on your parts . . . and one that will have far-reaching effects on the "victim" of your short-sightedness, as well as the attitudes of her fellow students.
 
I can only shake my head at your combined ignorance and lack of tolerance/shame.
 
Please also see the following story, for a glimpse of the public opinion of your misguided decision:
We'd Rather Cancel the Prom Than Let a Girl Bring a Female Date
 
How dare you!"
 
 

Mandi T (366)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:21 am
For geesh! What the h? Rediculous discrimination to the fullest!
Makde me wonder? R we really in 2010, they are not for sure! They need to take a closer look at theirselves, not the poor student!
TY for the post and C for forwarding.
 

Barbara W (342)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:24 am
You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 12:02 pm
As long as religion sets our moral compass and not true and full respect of each other as human beings there will be more of this cruelty. There are 450 species of mammals that fully participate in what we call homosexual behavior, this is done to point of orgasm so it is not a mistake by the animals. That the average church spends more on political issues then aiding the poorest of the community should tell us all where the hypocrisy lives.

I find it most amusing that in the 50s - 60s and even the 70s girls often took one another as dates to the prom and no one cared as no one dared imply that it meant any thing more then the girls felt safer without a date, or they did not have a male date, but still wanted to go to the prom. Some of those girls and boys in those eye watering days gone by were in fact ---- dare I say it???? GAY!! Yes a human condition since there have been humans - the pursuit of sexual pleasure and gratification. Only recently in human history has anyone really cared what people do in their beds - of course now even masturbation is considered a sin. What supreme foolishness to believe any institution can so control human desires or behaviors.


What is sin and where did the word come from?

The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is usually translated as sin in the New Testament. In Classical Greek, it means "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target" which was also used in Old English archery.

There's more to this, actually:
"The English word sin derives from Old English synn. The same root appears in several other Germanic languages, e.g. Old Norse synd, or German Sünde. The word may derive, ultimately, from *es-, one of the Indo-European roots that meant "to be," and is a present participle, "being." Latin, also has an old present participle of esse in the word sons, sont-, which came to mean "guilty" in Latin. The root meaning would appear to be, "it is true;" that is, "the charge has been proven." The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is often translated as sin in the New Testament; it means "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target".

"Sin" was also the name of the Babylonian moon god. Some students in recent times have postulated a connection with the modern English word "sin", but this can only be a folk-etymology, because the etymology shown above from Anglo-Saxon synn is historically documented, the certified cognates are in Germanic languages, and no connection with the Babylonian religion can be cited."
Source(s):
http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Sin_…


So if I as a CHURCH can make you feel guilt you are sinful - otherwise I as a church "missed the mark." As People become more aware of the true nature of the human being, the reality that sin is nothing more then one more tool for control fewer and fewer will allow themselves to be submitted to this cruel and abusive nature of all religions. I actually believe sex is meant for fun and as a by-product can be used for reproduction, which we have far to much of these days.
 

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 12:06 pm
Also, thanks to Carole for the addresses of the jerks behind this and for forwarding this article which I might have missed. So thanks to Jenny for posting and to Just Carole for the heads up!

I will be writting to these people and a letter to the local paper.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 12:24 pm
 
Letter to Itawamba School Board also posted at:
Itawamba360.com
 

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 12:43 pm
It's just Another way to cause a minority More pain & incite anti-gay sentiment! The Itawamba County School District school board has said that it is the board's hope that students will hold a private dance. Yeah, right.. Private enough NOT to include gays, and poor kids, and anyone NOT in with the crowd who can Afford to have a big Private Party!:(
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 1:54 pm
What ever happened to separation of church and State, for this isn't a Church School that the article speaks about. I agree with Pamylle, it can cause a very dangerous situtation for these two females from angry students who looked forward to their time of having a Prom. It seems we go one step forward then another backwards again.
 

joan f rodriguez (26)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 2:00 pm
utterly disgraceful you should be able to go with anyone you choose
 

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 3:10 pm
I'm sure they want "certain people" to do as they've always done, buy the tickets without specifying who they're bringing. We never had to give the name or gender of our "date", at least not for the Post Prom... I never went to the Prom part, just the Post Prom, when you could wear casual clothes & dance. I couldn't afford Prom Dresses back in the 70's..
 

Jill P (64)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 3:39 pm
Yuck!
THIS is what people take a stand for. THIS is whaere they draw the line in the sand. THIS is where they put their efforts.
NOT ending the wars.
NOT Medicare for All and save over 45,000 lives a year, and end Medical bankruptcies and foreclosures.
NOT corporate and bank bailouts, cirme, corruption, an insensitive, deaf Congress,...
BUT THIS, THIS is what Americans feel so strongly about and take a stand.
OH BROTHER....Can anyone acros the pond spare a few brains and morality?
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 3:46 pm

I beg your pardon, Jill.

THIS is as worthy a cause as any other. We are speaking of an entire town humiliating two students for their sexual orientation. It's all part of a widely encompassing spectrum of human rights and dignity, and the far-reaching effects of having those rights denied.

I have enough intelligence, energy and time for MANY causes.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 4:08 pm

Just a side note, but, throughout my life, I have always adored children, and love being surrounded by them. Invariably, one of them would become jealous of my attention to another.

My favorite phrase (lesson) in response was this: "It would be a small heart that could love but one."

Injustice to one is injustice to us all. I hope to never stifle my compassion.
 

Cheryl Staley (26)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 4:47 pm
Petition to help:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/demand-equality-respect-for-all-students
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 4:53 pm
Sheesh, how scarey can it be to allow a girl to bring another girl to the prom? We haven't come very far at all have we? I think this is a disgraceful message to give to the other students in the school and the community at large and it's great that there are petitions (thank you, posters) and supporters coming in from all directions.

 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 5:03 pm
 
The itawamba360.com site has now gotten some new feedback. 
 
This was my most recent response:
 
"Thanks for sharing that, Scoutswife. I read the article.
 
After doing so, my first impression was, "No wonder this girl is so emphatically concerned about meaningless rules, that don't consider the thinking of anyone who chooses options outside the box."
 
I hope these readers are aware of the devastating future effects of being "branded" (in particular, in a small community).
 
In my opinion, Ms. McMillen is a brave, and honorable, soul. She is championing a right this country was founded upon.
 
Freedom of expression.
 
(Our schools should be encouraging it, instead of suppressing it.)"
 
Feel free to join in.
 
 

Pat B (356)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 5:44 pm
In working at a middle school for the past 10 years, and an elementary school for 5 (in this district), I can say that ALL students are welcome to our dances, and functions. It is profiling at it's worse when I see this in the news, as these young men and women have the same rights as heterosexual individuals that attend our campus. We do NOT discriminate based on religion, sexual orientation, color or creed. It's against the law to treat others unfairly and blatantly in such a negative way as this district is doing to this young lady and her friend. I thought that we were past this profiling, this young lady is welcome to come to our dance, and we'd give her a Standing Ovation at her courage, and will to be known. Bless her heart, I wish this young lady all the best that life has to offer to her. After all.....she is someone's child. (Daughter). Thank you, Carole, always. ;-)
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 5:47 pm

And that's exactly why . . . I LOVE YOU SO, GRAN PAT!

(cheek-hurtin' grin)
 

Pat B (356)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 5:55 pm
Signed petition #5 with comment. (AND I don't comment on petitions...but I did on this one). Thanks again, Carole. Always.
 

Pat B (356)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 5:56 pm
OMG....and Thank You Jenny for your post. Green Star comin' yr way. ;-)
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 6:16 pm
 
I gladly signed -- and will promote -- your petition, Cheryl:
 
Demand Equality & Respect for ALL Students
 
I encourage all readers to join me.
 
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 6:28 pm
I signed the "Demand Equality & Respect for All Students" petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/demand-equality-respect-for-all-students and I even commented on it... like Gran Pat, I've never commented on a petition before.

There are only 9 signatories to the petition now.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:05 pm
I posted a long letter at the itawamba360.com site. Grateful that you've posted the link, Carole. :)

Let's all take a moment and go there and write a message of support. We CAN change the world.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:10 pm

Read it!

WELL SAID, TAYLOR!!!
 

. (0)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:15 pm
Thanks for posting this and all the info on giving support for this student and others who face the same discrimination.
 

Karen S (106)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:15 pm
Actions taken. I cannot send you another green star this week Carole, but my thanks for posting all the links. I hope if we make enough noise, these "educators" will reconsider their decision and choose to teach tolerance and inclusion instead of bias, manipulation and exclusion.
 

Teresa Fazackerley (393)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:22 pm
NOTED, THANK YOU JENNY
 

Tierney G (381)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:29 pm
Signed the petition on care2( I hope it shows up) Thank you Jenny and Taylor for forwarding and petition.
 

Tierney G (381)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:33 pm
Oh one more thing. Demand Seperation of Church and State in our Government. Seems lately the Vatican and right wing religious extremists are trying to take over the Governmet They are everywhere and they are not going away. We have to stop them!!
 

. (0)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:35 pm
it's sad that small minds can ruin something so big as the prom, and the prom is a big deal to teenagers. Not fair..
 

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:41 pm
... Signed the Petition and also commented on it.oxoxoxox, Blu'Abbeycat
 

Haplo Z (16)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:42 pm
This disgusts me. What horrible people. I can't even begin to express the real rage I have at idiot people like this.
 

. (0)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 7:44 pm
I have signed, thanks Carole and forwarded as well.
 

Agnes H (144)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 8:19 pm
Thank you for posting this to me Carole and I signed and noted this. Just one thing. Kit wrote all those meanings about Sin. But have you ever stood still and wondered what the English word GAY used to mean?
It means to be happy and had nothing to do with Homosexuallity or Lesbian! So How can they say that being Gay is so wrong? They're happy the way they are and isn't that the main thing? That people are happy?

Honestly my daughter went to the Prom with her girlfriend and there was no Lesbian in it. Her friend just couldn't find a boy she liked to ask out to the Prom. If I'm correct they went with a whole bunch of girls and danced together. There wasn't one comment made that girls were dancing with eachother and sometimes a partner of one of the others would come and ask for a dance. But at no time was anything said that girls couldn't bring girls to the Prom.

We never had any of this in Holland so I can't comment from personal experience but my daughter went and she didn't wear a white gown as she couldn't afford that but found a nice dress to wear and she hopes that her daughter will have a better time than she had. My daughter was never short of partners to dance with Boys nor Girls and as her daughter takes after her mum I hope she'll soon start saving up for her Highschool education as that's only 2 and a half yrs away. It's frightening really if you think about it!

Anyway I hope this girl wins the case and the school lets the Prom go ahead with her attending if possible of course! But if it comes to the punch she seems to be the kind of girl who has the interest of her school mates in mind more than her own and would stay away if it means that the others can have their Prom. I really believe that. I wish her all the best of luck as I haven't heard many good things about Mississippi where discrimination is concerned!!!
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:20 pm
Many thanks for the support. My faith in humanity restored.
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:21 pm
Just maybe this district would like their 15 minutes of fame with a movie on this subject....Oh right there already is a movie, only it's about the boys instead.
 

Estella Ameigh (22)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:51 pm
Gee.....I thought a prom was for the students and the students got to choose if they took a date or went by themselves if they bought a ticket. Never thought I'd see the day when someone else would hold the power to decide for you who you can and can not date. Very odd! So they make fools of themselves and cancel the prom because they don't know how to "deal" with this. News Flash-students already know if their fellow class mates prefer males or females so trying pretend that it doesn't exist by not holding the prom only serves to hurt ALL of the students and bring about more peer pressure to treat this young couple differently. If two people want to go to their prom together they should be able to do so without being humiliated. Prom is a once in a life-time event and should be a happy event for all involved. Shame to those who cancelled and caused bad memories for so many.
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:41 pm
Gay people are not criminals!
 

Pamylle G (461)
Friday March 12, 2010, 2:15 am
Signed the petition - thanks, Carole.
 

Maria P (100)
Friday March 12, 2010, 3:55 am
Petition signed. Thank you!
 

Bob E (113)
Friday March 12, 2010, 5:17 am
People can legislate, demonize, wish or faith base all they want but it will never change reality. There are all kinds of people in every society all over the world. People will not and cannot change just because you want them to.

LET PEOPLE BE THEMSELVES… LET EVERYONE BE FREE… THEIR FREEDOM IS OUR FREEDOM.
 

sheila l (116)
Friday March 12, 2010, 5:48 am
Wrong to discriminate this action. sad state of affairs.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday March 12, 2010, 5:50 am
Human rights for all people!!!
 

liz c (827)
Friday March 12, 2010, 5:51 am
I thought that we were becoming more accepting as human beings. This stupidity takes us back centuries. petition gladly signed. And noted.
 

chris b (2474)
Friday March 12, 2010, 6:40 am
"Apart from the fact that many women dance with other women who are straight in dance clubs and a few men do the same when there is a shortage of partners, the gender or orientation of ones partner is irrelivant to any social occasion! To discriminate for any reason in a school setting is counter to the ethos and ethics of education and those that are gay etc should not be disadvantaged by their sexual orientation!"

Well that was my two pence worth on the petition! Kit B. You must be reading the same books as me! lol only 450 mammalian species into same sex, have you been counting them. Don't forget these behaviours, and I don't like that discriminatory term, are exibited by birds fishes and reptiles as well as insects and many other life forms! If one is going to quote the instance of unwarranted sexual behaviour of a nonconsensual kind then the variious religions and churche's clerics are very much into little boys and little girls sometimes almost simultaneously so their righteous high ground is somewhat inflated by the victims of their own sexual predation! After all is said and done imposing hetrosexuality on someone is a recipe for continued overpopulation!
 

chris b (2474)
Friday March 12, 2010, 6:44 am
Of course punishing a whole class or group for the alleged "trangressions" of one was the hallmark of the Nazi reprisals against those brave souls who helped hide Jews or escaping allied airmen etc! It would appear we have not advanced a lot since those evil times of seventy years ago!
 

catherine g (120)
Friday March 12, 2010, 6:51 am
constance is a brave young lady, and the homophobic school system has not only failed her, but put her in harm's way ~

noted and signed ~
 

chris b (2474)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:06 am
It is always a strange and odd phenomena that the Church reamains silent when it takes it's fancy, for example we have heard nothing but deafening silence from the Church on the appalling torture of Bulls in Spain and other nominally Christian countries some of these events being part of religious fiestas. No doubt the donations from the pertpetrators speak louder words! The souls of the damned must weigh heavier than the innocent animal's souls. What kind of example is this school giving by practising discrimination! What next no Jewish, Moslem, Black, Native American, Irish protestant partners, should they wish to come! How totally narrow minded and incredibaly short sighted! What a pity I don't live nearby as would be happy to dance with both of these young ladies whatever their orientation, colour or creed! Have, one wonders, these Churches forgotton the teachings of Christ period, as their agenda seems more aligned to material appearances and cash rather than loving thy fellow man and woman as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us!
 

catherine g (120)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:08 am
just carole ~ i think what jill p was intimating at was not that this isn't a worthy cause, but that, seeing as it is 2010, this shouldn't be an issue at all. we should have evolved enough as a species that homosexuality is not an issue, and we could be concentrating on such issues as peace, global warming etc ~

i don't believe it was jill's intention to imply this isn't an important issue ~
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:14 am

I hope you're right, Catherine. If so, then I sincerely apologize to Jill -- she's a friend of mine.
 

catherine g (120)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:15 am
oh and just carole ~ thank you for your activity as regards the iItawamba ounty school district. i expect that by now they realize how big is the tiger they have by the tail! ~
 

Eileen Sarett-Cuasay (18)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:42 am
This just gets more obnoxious every time I hear about it. I sure hope the school board gets what's coming in the ACLU lawsuit. What a bunch of irresponsible, hateful lowlifes!
 

Christine Mitchell (64)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:43 am
noted, signed petition and thanks for the article... how wrong to stop the prom for all for this... how ridiculous...
 

Candace Pfau (27)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:43 am
This county is living in the dark ages. Wake up, it's 2010 and we are informed and fighting this discrimination.
Even in the bible belt. If you don't like it, put them in private christian school.
 

Shailja Mukhtyar (90)
Friday March 12, 2010, 7:51 am
tx, noted & signed.
ridiculous, beyond ridiculous, ... speaks to fears & anxiety of staff....
unfortunately kids have to bear the brunt of this..

jenny, u r something special, sitting in australia, thousands of miles away, yet u found this, posted it, & allowed us to join u... in making a difference... tx so glad to know u!!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday March 12, 2010, 8:20 am
Hi Carole, thanks for sending the petition along to me.....gladly signed. I do agree with Catherine of her explaination as to what Jill meant on her comment. Unfortunately with the written word we can't put our tone of voice in here, nor our facial expressions, sometimes things can be read without those addtions in two ways.
 

Jaime Cammarata (466)
Friday March 12, 2010, 10:27 am
Noted and passed on. Thanks Jenny! Also, signed the petition and passed on to my family and friends. and........YOU GO JUST CAROLE! what an honor to have you in MY circle of friends ;-)
 

chris b (2474)
Friday March 12, 2010, 10:57 am
I posted this comment on the other thread: "Mary S, I'm interested to know why you feel this subject should not be commented on ahead of other "more important issues" in the presumption that you consider it not to be high enough up the priority scale to be worthy of discussion. May I put it to you this way, if you were the young lady concerned it would be at the top of your priorities and likely all consuming with the potential to blight your life completely! On another unrelated thread someone posed the same type of question, the thread was about some awful piece of animal cruelty and the person wanted to know why we were discussing animal cruelty when people are being murdered daily in wars! Thus attempting to rate the priorities of discussion! Many who pose such questions have in the past assumed that those of us who post on human rights care nothing for animals rights, vica versa and similar unfounded assumptions. There are for most people not enough hours in the day to post on all the pressing issues that we are presented with on Care2 and elsewhere and the long list of terrible atrocities by and to humans and animals is apparently endless! Each one being someones idea of the top priority all worthy of comment and action! So unless you have some magic priority formula to appraise the worthiness or otherwise of a story bearing in mind each of us have our own ideas, then it might be profitable not to comment negatively! All of the worthy issues that come up require the maximum attention that we are able to give!" Just in case you have not viewed it before! One might add the environment, global warming, womens health, childrens issues the price of carrots and a whole host of other topics to what I've said previously all of these have some importance to us individually and collectively however they may not all be at the top of the list of all of us or any of us!

 

Melissa Deneen (12)
Friday March 12, 2010, 11:16 am
That is just ridiculous! People should be allowed to bring whoever they want to bring as a date, male or female.
 

Susan D (116)
Friday March 12, 2010, 5:38 pm
It is none of the school's business who the students choose to bring as a date, and regardless of their opinions or rules, why punish the entire school unless they are hoping to instigate reprisals? I think this girl and her friend should have invited a couple of gay men to the Prom, then swapped partners when they got there. The stupid authorities would not have been able to ban them, it would be too late.
 

Lorraine E (40)
Friday March 12, 2010, 5:51 pm
obviously, there is still a misinformed contingent who believe you can save people from being gay. idiots.
 

Jaette Carpenter (20)
Friday March 12, 2010, 8:18 pm
What planet is this small town living on? We overcame this stuff about 20 to 30 years ago in Minneapolis. Maybe they never go into a big city to get historically updated from the dark ages? Their motto should be, "Small town smallness' is still alive and kickin' in our town, don't move here!
 

Anne T (180)
Friday March 12, 2010, 9:22 pm
Noted, signed and shared! :)
 

Marty H (119)
Saturday March 13, 2010, 2:39 am
Thanks Jenny! Noted and very pleased to see so many people on here that are intelligent and not prejudice! This means that those with kids will not teach them to be prejudice and the cycle is on it's way to being broken! A star for almost everyone! Signed a petition too! Thanks everyone!
 

chris b (2474)
Saturday March 13, 2010, 2:46 am
Susan D. Well said regarding the change partner strategy you must have been reading my mind!
 

Pamela Salomon (255)
Sunday March 14, 2010, 12:58 pm
That is a very brave young woman. I support her. I'm glad the ACLU is now taking an intrest. I am a proud mother of a gay son. I would fight for my son's rights. I'll be glad to help her fight for her rights also. I gladly signed the petition and left a comment.
 

ARTLADY ONE (56)
Sunday March 14, 2010, 4:12 pm
NOTED & SIGNED. TY CAROLE!!!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 15, 2010, 11:28 am
Somebody really should start offering therapy for homophobia-- it really is an irrational fear that seems to interfere with people's ability to function in society. Canceling a prom just because some girl wants to bring her girlfriend? Sheesh. I'm very glad the ACLU is on this.

Constance is extremely courageous to stand up for her rights, especially given the climate in Mississippi. She doesn't deserve to punished for being who she is, and the school ought to be punished not only for infringing on her right to free expression but also on her educational experience. I don't know if I would have the guts to walk through a hall of disappointed students who blame their situation on me and disapprove of my identity.

Thanks so much for sharing this!
 

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 6:06 am
I've sent mails to school board members.
Also, I've sent a mail to support Constance McMillen (via ACLU??) a couple of days ago. Now I can't find that page, sorry.

Thanks Jenny for posting this, and Carole for sending me a link to the post!
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 10:09 am
 
From Human Rights Campaign:
 
Let Constance bring her girlfriend to prom!
All 18-year-old Constance McMillen wanted was to take her girlfriend to prom. But rather than treat each student fairly, her Mississippi school district decided to just cancel the event altogether. Sign our petition and tell the Itawamba County School Board to treat everyone fairly and let these students go to prom.
 

Jagadish K (23)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 10:49 pm
Brave young girl, I salute your courage and support you.
 

Naimy here whenever I can be (95)
Friday March 19, 2010, 5:18 am
I really like your suggestion Susan D! That was a brilliant idea. I have to say that the US are sooo living in the dark ages when it comes to gay rights, it´s sad and it´s very scary. I really feel for Constance. People need to start think in a whole new way. True love knows no gender nor race. Love is never wrong!
 

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Tuesday March 23, 2010, 7:34 pm
Noted {finally} with thanks and DISGUST. It's all been said...THIS IS PURE HATE!
 

Noelle S (6)
Monday April 5, 2010, 11:55 am
Who a person decides to bring to the prom is their own business. Lesbians and gays should still be allowed to attend prom with a date! It's blatant discrimination. People like this make me sick -- that they'd rather cancel the whole prom JUST because a girl wants to bring another girl as a date!
 
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