Hating the “sinner”

Have you heard about what happened to Constance?

School officials in a rural Mississippi county told a lesbian student to get “guys” to take her and her girlfriend to a high school prom and warned the girls against slow dancing with each other because that could “push people’s buttons,” according to documents filed Tuesday in federal court.

[…] Superintendent Teresa McNeece told the teen that the girls should attend the prom separately, had to wear dresses and couldn’t slow dance with each other because that could “push people’s buttons,” according to court documents.

The school district last week said it wouldn’t host the prom “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.” District officials said they hoped private citizens would sponsor a dance. The decision came on the same day the ACLU asked the district to act on McMillen’s prom requests.

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High school sucks enough without being discriminated against by the school’s administration, and then being blamed for the cancellation of prom because of the someone else’s homophobia.

Yes, there’s been a case filed in federal court over what happened to Constance — but if anything, what’s happened in Mississippi should be instructive to show just how hateful some people can be out of religiously-inspired ignorance and fear.