Judge Rules in Lesbian Teen Prom Case

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A federal judge has ruled that a Fulton, Miss. high school won't be forced to hold its prom after all.

Officials of Itawamba Agricultural High School had cancelled its prom after Constance McMillen, a lesbian student, asked to bring her girlfriend who goes to the same school.

"All I ever wanted was for my school to treat me and my girlfriend like any other couple that wants to go to prom," she said.

The American Civil Liberties Union sided with the 18-year-old student and sued in district court.

U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson said the school's decision to cancel the prom did violate the teen's constitutional rights.

Kristy Bennett, ACLU Mississippi legal director, said the judge's orders allow McMillen to amend her petition within 30 days, which means she could sue for damages because she could not get the prom reinstated.

He denied a motion for a preliminary injunction but will still hold a trial. A date has not been set yet.

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