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Denying Two Girls a Prom

Constance McMillen asked her girlfriend to the prom. Her Mississippi high school balked at McMillen’s request (she petitioned administrators in advance) and cancelled the prom for the entire school.

Outrageous.

Now, McMillen finds herself harassed by her peers. The ACLU is filing a lawsuit on her behalf. CBS’ Erica Hill interviews the openly lesbian student to discuss her school’s actions.

How do our institutions work-around discrimination in our liberal democracy? Instead of denying rights to a few, we eliminate opportunities for an entire community? I’m dismayed by the behavior of McMillen’s school administrators, but more than that–the outcome produced by the school’s sweeping action seems a nightmare.

What if the school engaged in dialogue rather than authoritarian decision-making?


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