Lesbian high schooler Constance McMillen has won her lawsuit against the Mississippi school district that refused to let her attend prom with her girlfriend.
The school agreed to have a judgment entered against them in the case on Monday. They will establish what the ACLU — who brought the suit on McMillen’s behalf — called a “comprehensive nondiscrimination and nonharassment policy that covers sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.”
And they’ll pay her an additional $35,000 in damages. Plus court costs.
The ACLU’s suit charged that the district violated McMillen’s freedom of speech — in addition to forbidding her to attend with her girlfriend, they also banned her from wearing a tuxedo to the event. When the story broke in the media the school arranged for her to attend a rescheduled alternative prom, but that turned out, bizarrely, to be a fake.