November 11, 2009


Prom Canceled Due to Lesbian Couple: An Alabama high school prom has been canceled following a lesbian student's request to bring her girlfriend. Cynthia Stewart, a 17-year-old junior at Tharptown High School, asked her principal for permission to bring her girlfriend to the prom and was told no. The principal then forced Stewart to remove a sticker she was wearing that read “I am a lesbian” and told her she didn’t have that much freedom of speech at her school.

6 comments:

  1. I'm almost consigned to accept blatant discrimination and narrow-mindedness in the Deep South. How are you supposed to work with someone like this principal?

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  2. I wonder if this is illegal? Supreme Court cases on the rights of students in public high schools are not unheard of, but it would be interesting to see how this would be treated. While decisions tend to rule in favor of the district ("some rights are given up at the school gates"), the spirit (if not the actual language) of the Matthew Shepard Act seems in direct opposition to the principal's actions.

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  3. who are these people? I have to agree with the above though, you just kind of throw up your hands and recognize you'll never get through to someone like that.

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  4. The spirit of the Matthew Shepard Act may be in opposition to this action; however, it rests within an entirely seperate legal framework from free speech issues; therefore, it is useless. If my memory serves me correctly, the higher courts of the US have ruled that schools have the legal capacity to limit free speech if the expression of certain ideas disrupts the normal functioning of the school. For example, one cannot wear a T-shirt with a picture of a Marijuana leaf on it because it advocates an illegal activity, just as one cannot wear a t-shirt covered in curse words. Although it is sad to say, the principal probably has enough legal support to undertake his actions. If the girl wants to, she can make a case out of this action and have it be heard in court.

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  5. You're absolutely right, thanks for clarifying that. It's been a while since this engineer has taken a government course :)

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  6. more information: http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/alabama-school-bars-lesbian-student-attending-prom-her-girlfriend

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