Lesbian prom flap: School district must pay

Judge awards legal fees to Constance McMillen in case of dance canceled to keep her from bringing her girlfriend


Associated Press
October 26, 2010 9:37PM (UTC)

A federal judge has ordered a Mississippi school district to pay about $81,000 in legal fees and expenses in a lawsuit filed by a lesbian student whose prom was canceled because she wanted to bring her girlfriend.

U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson signed the order on Monday.

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Constance McMillen and the American Civil Liberties Union had sued the Itawamba County School District in a challenge of the ban on same-sex prom dates.

In response, the school canceled its April 2 prom. Parents sponsored another dance, but McMillen claimed she was tricked into going to a "sham prom" while other students partied elsewhere. Amid the uproar, she finished her senior year at another high school.

Davidson ruled in March that McMillen's rights were violated.


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