NEWS UPDATE

A teenager who sued her Mississippi school district over its ban of same-sex prom dates is accepting an offer to settle the case.

American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing Constance McMillen have filed notice in U.S. District Court to accept a judgment offer from the Itawamba County School District to pay $35,000, plus attorney's fees. As part of the agreement, the school district says it will follow a policy not to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in any educational or extracurricular activities.

The ACLU says the case is precedent-setting because the district is the first in Mississippi to implement a policy banning discrimination and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

COMMENT: Result!!! As they say.

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NEWS UPDATE — 7 Comments

  1. That is great news and something of a minor miracle considering her location. Those of us in Alabama often say we give thanks for Mississippi because they keep us from being at the bottom of every list in the nation.

  2. Those of us in Alabama often say we give thanks for Mississippi because they keep us from being at the bottom of every list in the nation.

    Ouch!!

  3. Geez, we say the same thing in Texas, but this state has the money to do a lot better than it does. But then, if the fundies around here ever read the actual Gospel’s call for compassion and sharing with the less fortunate, they’d say it was a commie plot. It really did happen in Florida: someone typed up the Declaration of Independence as a petition, and a bunch of people wouldn’t sign it because it was a “Communist” document…..sigh.

  4. Living well(-educated) is the Best Revenge, Constance: put that $35K towards tuition.

    Getting the (anti-discrimination) settlement from the school is one thing: WATCHING the f@ckers like a hawk, to ensure they follow it, is another! >8-/

  5. It really did happen in Florida: someone typed up the Declaration of Independence as a petition, and a bunch of people wouldn’t sign it because it was a “Communist” document

    Oh, dear. What do you say??

    JCF is right about watching the b*st*rds like a hawk. That school will try to connive their way out of anything, and so will most of the rest, probably.

  6. Those of us who teach school in Oklahoma make less than either Alabama or Mississippi.

    Go, Constance!