School cancels prom after lesbian’s date request

JACKSON, MS (AP)

The prom’s off at a northern Mississippi school after a teenage lesbian demanded she be allowed to bring her girlfriend to the April 2 event.

The American Civil Liberties Union had issued a demand letter to the Itawamba County school district on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen.

The school board met Wednesday and issued a statement announcing it wouldn’t host the prom at Itawamba County Agricultural High School.

McMillen wanted to bring her girlfriend, who is also a student. She also wanted to wear a tuxedo.

The district’s statement never mentioned McMillen’s request. But officials said the change was made due to recent distractions. District officials say they hope private citizens will host a prom.

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