November 10, 2009
>AL School Tells Lesbian She Can’t Bring Girlfriend to Prom, ACLU Demands School Follows Law
>Tharptown High School in Alabama has denied the request of lesbian student Cynthia Stewart to bring her girlfriend to prom later this school year. It appears the school may have even gone so far as to cancel prom altogether to ensure that that nasty federal Constitution doesn’t get in the way.
The ACLU has sent a letter to the school district on behalf of the student and her guardian to ask the school to do the right thing and reverse the school decision. Federal law and considerable case law (including a recent decision in Alabama) prohibit schools from discriminating against students based on the sex of their date to a school event.
Says Stewart very poignantly in the ACLU’s release:
But why stop the discrimination at prom? The principal also allegedly told Stewart that she had to remove a sticker she was wearing that said, “I am a lesbian.”
Uh, yeah, she does.