Legal action threatened over Missouri prom policy banning same-sex couples

Feb 15, 2013 Full story: www.kansascity.com 16

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday accused the Scott County Central School District in Sikeston of discrimination and gave the district until Feb. 25 to revise the school dance policy or face a potential lawsuit. District superintendent Alvin McFerren declined comment. The district has one elementary school and one high school that serve a combined 330 students.

Stacy Dawson, a junior at Scott County Central High School, sought permission to bring his boyfriend to the prom on April 20, but according to the SPLC, was told district policy prohibits same-sex couples from attending school dances. The policy states that students “will be permitted to invite one guest, girls invite boys and boys invite girls.” The SPLC says the student told the nonprofit civil rights organization that the school board refused to change the policy.

SPLC attorney Alesdair Ittelson said the prom policy is “blatantly discriminatory and in violation of (the student's) constitutional rights.” “This unlawful policy reminds us that anti-gay sentiment still serves as a platform for schools to deny the rights of same-sex couples,” Ittelson said in a statement.

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#1 Feb 15, 2013
Proud to say that my husband and I are SPLC supporters and urge others to do the same.
Neil Andblowme

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#2 Feb 15, 2013
The only thing fundies understand is money. Make them pay for their bigotry and watch them quickly change their tune.

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#3 Feb 15, 2013
Good.

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#4 Feb 15, 2013
While people may have gotten away with banning gay couples from proms 10, 20 or 30 years ago, I don't think anybody is going to get away with this nowadays.

A judge is going to be hard pressed to come up with a rational reason for doing so.

I remember teh Fricke case.

Then again, Missoui is one of those states where people go to family reunions to look for romance, and giving a newlywed couple 6 tires for their house is considered a wonderfully nice wedding gift.

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#5 Feb 15, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
While people may have gotten away with banning gay couples from proms 10, 20 or 30 years ago, I don't think anybody is going to get away with this nowadays.
A judge is going to be hard pressed to come up with a rational reason for doing so.
I remember teh Fricke case.
Then again, Missoui is one of those states where people go to family reunions to look for romance, and giving a newlywed couple 6 tires for their house is considered a wonderfully nice wedding gift.
I suppose so you can move your home from one trailer park to the next huh? Great gift that.

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#6 Feb 15, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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I suppose so you can move your home from one trailer park to the next huh? Great gift that.
I've never lived in a trailer park.

I owned my own home for 30 years in New York (paid teh morgage off in 12 years), and moved here to southern Arizona a little more than a year ago.

I made an offer on teh house I'm currently living in, but I haven't heard from the real estate broker yet wether the owner has accepted it or not.

Here's my current house:

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#7 Feb 15, 2013
And with Sandy slamming New York, cutting electricity to thousands, and with some streets STILL IMPASSABLE WITH SNOW in the Town Of Brookhaven, where I lived for decades,(the head of teh Highway Dept. there was just forced to resign because of it), and with temperatures here in southern Arizona in the 70's this week, I'm glad I finally left.

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#8 Feb 15, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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I've never lived in a trailer park.
I owned my own home for 30 years in New York (paid teh morgage off in 12 years), and moved here to southern Arizona a little more than a year ago.
I made an offer on teh house I'm currently living in, but I haven't heard from the real estate broker yet wether the owner has accepted it or not.
Here's my current house: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =PhkAgaTG0TYXX
I note there is a very nice thermostat in the "computer nook" area, by the bedroom door. Stop whining about it being too cold.

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#9 Feb 15, 2013
Neil Andblowme wrote:
The only thing fundies understand is money. Make them pay for their bigotry and watch them quickly change their tune.
Unfortunately, they're paying with the tax-payers money. And they undoubtedly turn around and write laws that help their businesses and their families escape taxation.

Then they claim that government is broke and should be abolished.

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#10 Feb 15, 2013
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>I note there is a very nice thermostat in the "computer nook" area, by the bedroom door. Stop whining about it being too cold.
Who said I was cold ?! It's 72 degrees outside now adn I was just crusin aroun town for awhile. I bought a nice throw pillow at a garage sale.

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#11 Feb 15, 2013
Is this thread done already?

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#12 Feb 15, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
Is this thread done already?
Stick in a fork and take it out of the oven! It's SO done.

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#13 Feb 15, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
Is this thread done already?
Nope. Not yet. Ya want me to finish it ?

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#14 Feb 15, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
Then again, Missoui is one of those states where people go to family reunions to look for romance, and giving a newlywed couple 6 tires for their house is considered a wonderfully nice wedding gift.
You know, if I had any respect for you whatsoever, I would be offended. But I don't and I'm not.

I was born in Missouri (note the proper spelling) and recently moved back here in December. My custom-designed house with its Andersen casement windows, solid oak cabinets, and wraparound deck is, to my eye, MUCH nicer than yours, and I'll take my beautiful acreage with its trees and hills and running water over your lot in Arizona any day of the week.

My home is already worth half again what I paid for it less than two months ago, and I can assure you it's not on wheels. Furthermore, I am very, very proud of my family and my lineage and our record of service, not only in this country, but in the lands we originated from.

One other thing: before you disparage anyone else in this forum, learn how to type the word "the". It ends with an "e", not an "h". Or is that too much to ask of someone who lives in Coolidge, Arizona?

Now this thread is done, at least where I am concerned.

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#15 Feb 16, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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Nope. Not yet. Ya want me to finish it ?
:)
I was just wondering.

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#16 Feb 16, 2013
The elementary AND high schools combined have only 330 students?

That is not likely to be the most advanced-thinking town.

For a kid in high school to be well-adjusted enough to be out at all, let alone invite his boyfriend to his prom, is very impressive.

The adults, however, have some learning to do.

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