Constance McMillen did not get to attend her high school prom after her Mississippi high school canceled it rather than allow her to bring her girlfriend.
McMillen, a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss. who has been out as a lesbian since eighth grade, had planned to take her girlfriend to the prom but was told by the school that she could go alone or with a male date but not with a female date.
When McMillen, 18, sought the help of the ACLU, the school responded by canceling to prom.
She went to federal court, and a judge ruled the district had violated her civil rights, but he did not order the district to hold the prom, because a parent-sponsored event was being scheduled away from the school.