Lesbian student seeks damages for Miss. prom flap

The gay teen who was not allowed to bring her date to prom is suing her school district and school

Associated Press
April 22, 2010 1:02AM (UTC)

The lesbian teenager from Mississippi who challenged her school district's ban on same-sex prom dates is seeking unspecified monetary damages, claiming she was publicly humiliated.

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.


Constance McMillen, 18, is a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton. The lawsuit names the Itawamba County school district and school officials as defendants.

McMillen and the ACLU challenged her school district's rule banning same-sex prom dates and a stipulation that only male students be allowed to wear tuxedos to the event.

In response, the school district canceled its April 2 prom and later announced parents would sponsor another dance in its place.

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