At least one supporter has offered to help McMillen and her classmates hold an alternate prom.
New Orleans hotel owner Sean Cummings told The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson he was so disappointed with the school board's decision he offered to transport the students in buses to the city and host a free prom at one of his properties.
"New Orleans, we're a joyful culture and a creative culture here and, if the school doesn't change its mind, we'd be delighted to offer them a prom in New Orleans," he told the newspaper. "Concluding your high school experience should be a joyful one. One shouldn't conclude that experience with all their friends on a negative note."
"A school in Mississippi just canceled their prom because one of their gay students wanted to bring her girlfriend. That makes me sad. Prom should be for everyone, and schools should be teaching acceptance rather than intolerance. I hope these administrators will learn how their decision has hurt not just the student and her girlfriend, but all of the students at the school who simply want to enjoy their prom. Let's work together to make this a world full of kindness and compassion so that no one is punished for loving another person."
"We wanted to throw you a prom. We, actually, were going to do that for you. But, that's not what you want. You want to go to your school's prom. That's what you want...It's not too late. The school can make the right decision and you can still throw that prom."
"U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson denied the ACLU's request for a preliminary injunction. He said he'll still hold a trial, but he did not set a date, meaning any ruling would likely come too late to have the prom when it was originally scheduled. Davidson did say in his order that the district had violated McMillen's constitutional rights by denying her request to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. 'We consider this a victory,' said ACLU Mississippi legal director Kristy Bennett. But Davidson said a private prom parents are now planning will serve the same purpose as the school prom. He wrote in his ruling that 'requiring defendants to step back into a sponsorship role at this late date would only confuse and confound the community on the issue.' Ben Griffith, the school district's attorney, said his clients were pleased with the ruling. 'What we're looking at now is the fact that the case is still on the docket for a trial on the merits,' Griffith said."*
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