Constance McMillen Wins $35K from Homophobic School District
Constance McMillen, who has become a gay-rights poster child for wanting to take her girlfriend to prom, was awarded $35,000 from the Itawamba County School District, reports the Associated Press. The school district canceled its prom rather than allow a same-sex couple to attend the dance. The ACLU filed a discrimination lawsuit on the 18-year-old’s behalf, demanding reparations and that the prom be reinstated.
Although the judge would not force the high school to hold prom, he did rule that McMillen’s rights had been violated. As part of the agreement, the school also agreed to follow a new policy not to discriminate based on sexual orientation in any educational or extracurricular activities.
For McMillen, however, the victory is bittersweet. It came at the cost of being isolated by her small hometown of Fulton, Mississippi. She plans on using the money to pay for her college education, at Southwest Community College in Memphis, Tennessee. She intends to major in psychology.
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