Good news. Constance McMillen, her girlfriend and even a tuxedo have finally been invited to tonight's private senior prom in Itawamba County, Mississippi. The prom was meant to replace the one canceled by the school board after the 18-year-old said she wanted to take her girlfriend.
"After stops and starts, a private prom is scheduled for Friday at the Fulton Country Club. American Civil Liberties Union attorney Christine Sun said McMillen plans to attend. School board attorney Michele Floyd says McMillen will be allowed to attend with the date of her choice. 'It seems that they worked it all out among themselves,' Sun said. 'We'll see what happens.' Sun said McMillen will attend with a female date, but it may not be her girlfriend, a sophomore who has shied away from the spotlight. McMillen may be joined by her father or a bodyguard, Sun said.
Last week a federal judge ruled McMillen's constitutional rights were violated when the Itawamba County School District canceled the prom rather than allow her to bring a female date. But U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson declined to force the school to reinstate the April 2 dance.
Tonight's parent-sponsored private prom scheduled at a Tupelo furniture that would have excluded McMillen was canceled, reportedly after local parents were concerned about being sued, reports the Clarion-Ledger.