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Parents in Lesbian Student Constance McMillen's Town Organize Private Prom — and Constance is Still Not Invited

The Itawamba School District filed a brief containing several new revelations on Friday. The brief says prom was called off to settle the "very explosive and disruptive" issue of the district's ban on same-sex dating, the Clarion Ledger reports.

Constance So the school actually has an official ban on same-sex dating?

The paper continues

"The filing by school board attorney Benjamin Griffith states that Itawamba Agricultural High School senior Constance McMillen 'wishes to make the defendant district the site for a national constitutional argument over gay and lesbian rights.' ... Griffith said the student's rights were not violated. 'This is not an issue where anyone has been denied an education or suffered a constitutional deprivation,' he wrote in the filing. 'Rather, this is a social event that, in light of rapidly escalating circumstances, was disruptive to the school environment because people are on all sides of the issue.' An affidavit filed Friday by attorney James Keith says school board members have been been under 'tremendous pressure' as a result of the controversy."

According to information in the newly filed briefs, parents have organized a private prom — and Constance isn't invited to that prom either:

"The school board's response states that parents have organized a private prom at a furniture mart in nearby Tupleo (sic). Now that the school district has withdrawn from the event, any constitutional claims are irrelevant, Griffith wrote.  [ACLU attorney Christine] Sun said she had only heard rumors of the private dance until she read it in the brief. 'Constance has not been invited, so it is clear to me that what is happening is that the school has encouraged a private prom that is not open to all the students,' she said. 'That's what Constance is fighting for — a prom where everyone can go.'"

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  1. These people are fucking sick. Heaven forbid they practice even an inch of compassion.

    Posted by: Pato | Mar 20, 2010 10:55:21 AM

  2. the haters always find a way to rationalize their behavior, and a way around things

    Posted by: billy o | Mar 20, 2010 10:59:41 AM

  3. Gay Apartheid plain an simple. Despicable hateful people they should be ashamed. I bet most of the men involved in this jack off to lesbian porn all the time rather than have sex with their wives.

    Posted by: rovex | Mar 20, 2010 11:22:37 AM

  4. The school is modeling some pretty toxic behaviour to the student body. It is beyond shameful that an entire community could be so hateful toward minorities. I'm thankful that I live in Canada where at least same-sex rights are more settled.

    Posted by: Tone | Mar 20, 2010 11:35:42 AM

  5. She should just make her own prom, and make it better than whatever the trashy parents at her school can pull off.

    Posted by: Shnugi | Mar 20, 2010 11:36:26 AM

  6. The closeted lesbians at that school are living in pure homophobic hell.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 20, 2010 11:36:56 AM

  7. amazing how Lawyers can spin reality

    Posted by: John Normile | Mar 20, 2010 11:50:38 AM

  8. It is time to start contacting the Tupelo Furniture Market to see if they are going to allow a segregated event to be held on their premises.

    Integration now, segregation never!

    Tupelo Furniture Market
    1879 North Coley Road
    Tupelo, MS 38801
    Phone: (662) 842-4442
    Fax: (662) 844-3665

    Melinda Ware

    Vicki Hitchcock

    Housing/Hostess Home Program

    Marketing/Advertising Information
    Connie Clayton

    Sales/Exhibitor Information
    Janice Coleman

    Krissy Dickerson

    Patsy Harris

    Peggy Young

    Posted by: Mrs. Sippy | Mar 20, 2010 11:54:02 AM

  9. missisippi isn't that one one the states that cried out for compassion after katrina and people, including LGBT people sent millions for compassion. hell should have let them float back to the swamps where they belong. the people of these towns never asked it was a gay person who sent the money, would they have refused it?bet not. they want compassion on their terms like most bigots.

    Posted by: walter | Mar 20, 2010 12:10:54 PM

  10. @Mrs. Sippy

    Done. Thanks for doing the legwork.

    Posted by: ichabod | Mar 20, 2010 12:30:03 PM

  11. Out of curiosity, doesn't the student body raise the money throughout the year to put on the prom? If so, is any of that money going to this "new" exclusive prom where Constance is NOT invited? Considering the back-ass-wardness of these cockroaches, I'll bet you might last dollar that it is.

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 20, 2010 12:35:11 PM

  12. Keep in mind, I do not know if they are using the place as a rental, if the place is sponsoring. I just hope that gets cleared up so people can know how entangled this business is with a segregationist event.

    You know, I have a huge problem with those who believe they are supposed to convert people to their religion and who can't tolerate other folks who are different. The difference though, I would never seek to ban them from an event.

    Posted by: Mrs. Sippy | Mar 20, 2010 12:38:14 PM

  13. @ Mrs Sippy - just sent an email to their staff members there so thanks for doing the legwork! Perhaps Andy could put up the emails in a more visible place?

    Posted by: Derek | Mar 20, 2010 12:54:39 PM

  14. Mississippi and it's intolerant behavior is about as un-christian as you can get. Don't call yourself a good american or patriot if you deny equality to any fellow citizen. Next time a hurricane slams into Mississippi I know where I will not send aid to. These hate filled sons of bitches can be washed out to sea for all I care.

    Posted by: joey | Mar 20, 2010 1:02:14 PM

  15. Dear Ellen,

    It's great that you helped get Constance a scholarship, but can we ask one more favor? Please help schedule a kiss-ass prom that all the students would want to attend. Perhaps you can twist Lady Gaga's arm into performing.


    Posted by: David | Mar 20, 2010 1:24:44 PM

  16. Not surprising coming from a state that held segregated proms.
    And that is why no place in the South is worth
    supporting with tourist dollars.
    VA,SC,FL,MS,LA,AL,TN and lets not forget TX-
    a state of unusual sensibilities.
    None deserve money from compassionate people.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 20, 2010 1:30:00 PM

  17. They also have a facebook page!!/tupelofurnituremarket?ref=ts

    Posted by: Richard | Mar 20, 2010 1:49:23 PM

  18. This entire situation just blows my mind... I've lived in bum fuck AL my entire life, and my high school had tons (okay, maybe 2 or 3) of gay and lesbian couples that came and this was in like 2001... Not sure if the tickets were cheaper for M/F couples and they had to claim an opposite sex friend as a date or whatever, but one of the girls was in a tux and no one gave a shit. And the school paid for our prom, tickets were maybe $20.

    Totally feel for Constance, but all of this bullshit will probably allow her to go farther than most of her dumbass classmates and their trashy, ignorant parents. Brightside =)

    Posted by: BrianKeith | Mar 20, 2010 1:51:08 PM

  19. Forget throwing a kick ass prom for all the students it is obvious they are happy to go to a private prom where Constance is not invited.

    Let's use the money collect for a prom to send Constance her date, Constance's support family on a kick-ass vacation. Let them go to some place Constance and her girl can dance and enjoy themselves.

    Posted by: kujhawker | Mar 20, 2010 2:17:22 PM

  20. Where can I donate money to send Constance, her date, her family, AND ANY OTHER Itawamba Agricultural High School LGBT'S or friends, to an awesome prom? I want it to be perfect for them.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 20, 2010 2:32:57 PM

  21. This is NOT about Gay rights.

    This is NOT about "special" rights.

    This is about EQUAL rights.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Mar 20, 2010 3:32:17 PM

  22. I think Constance is the "BRAVEST" teenager - I was never that ballsey in high school. Its a shame that she can't bring the date of her choice to her prom...I personally don't see what difference it makes but obviously it bothers some people.
    Also I think its way cool that Ellen Degeneres gave a scholarship to her - nice way to give a boost to the up and coming gay youth. Isn't there a web site we can all email and flood the school district with complaints???

    Posted by: PHIL | Mar 20, 2010 3:49:58 PM

  23. I take comfort in knowing that Constance has been given a pathway that will enable her to move out, move up and move on to greater things and better places in this world. 30 years from now, if she goes back to that town for a visit, I'm certain she'd find that (a) most of her classmates still live there, still doing the same menial jobs they picked up the year before they graduated high school and (b) they're still talking about "that time the lesbian almost ruined our prom" because it's probably the biggest thing that ever happened in their lives. These people are self-limiting, and I'm happy they're walling themselves off from respectable society.

    Posted by: DanB | Mar 20, 2010 4:29:15 PM

  24. So, they’re providing furniture for all them innocent young’ins so they can have a more comfy place to fuck their brains out? I’m sure the chaperones will be in every square inch of the Tupelo Furniture Market at all times monitoring that them respectable students don’t do any nasty stuff like them dykes do. And since them dykes won’t be there, those good kids will not have any of them negative homosexual influences corrupting their goodness in any way. Praise Jesus‼‼‼‼‼

    Can’t wait to see the upswing in sales for the companies that produce e•p•t, clear blue easy, first response, etc. home pregnancy tests coming right out of the fine god-fearing and respectablelike ayy-ree-ah of Itawamba. These nimrods probably figure they are protecting their spawn from the hands of satan.

    Gotta luv it or laugh at it, otherwise your brain can end up exploding from the sheer ignorance of it all! Or maybe we should all meet up right outside the “market” and have ourselves a Homo Hacienda Fuck Fest.


    Posted by: Jeff in NC | Mar 20, 2010 5:37:39 PM

  25. Go to the Tupelo Furniture Market website at and look for their suppliers list. Then start opening gmail accounts with those names and send in your letters about not doing business with companies that don't support diversity using the email addresses provided by Mrs. Sippy above. We'll see how long that private prom will last without a place to hold it.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 20, 2010 6:24:42 PM

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