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I am truly amazed and delighted by
Not only because an AL court did the right thing, but because the judge did it in a timely enough manner to let them actually go. Trust me, down here, they specialize in tactics like delaying such a decision until, say, today, so legally they COULD have gone but in fact, the prom's already happened, oh well.
My local paper (Mobile) also ran a photo of the couple; one in a tux, the other in a prom dress.
Although, I do wonder if this part - Graham cited two federal court rulings. In one, the U.S. Supreme Court said "states and their agencies ... cannot set-out homosexuals for special treatment. - was originally intended as a way to oppress vs give equal treatment. Just glad in this case it worked FOR them instead of against them.
Minh, here is the text:
Gay couple attends Scottsboro High's prom
Sunday, March 30, 2008
By DAVID BREWER
Judge rules schoolcannot ban pairfrom the festivities
SCOTTSBORO - Chelsea Overstreet and Lauren Martin were like many other Scottsboro High School girls Saturday afternoon, both nervous and excited about going to their first prom in a only a few hours.
But unlike the others, they went to the dance as a gay couple, something the Scottsboro City Board of Education tried unsuccessfully to stop.
"It's something they had been planning for a year," Martin's mother, Connie Farrington, said during a press conference Saturday afternoon with their lawyer, Parker Edmiston, at his Scottsboro office. "Just like every other child, she was ecstatic" about going.
But the day before spring break two weeks ago, the mothers said, their girls were told by school officials that they could not go as a homosexual couple.
"It was a big letdown" for the girls, Farrington said. She said they had already bought their prom tickets and formal wear for the dance.
A last-minute court order from Jackson County Circuit Judge John Graham of Stevenson prohibited the board from banning the girls from the junior-senior prom at Scottsboro's Goosepond Civic Center Saturday night.
In making his 10:15 a.m. ruling Saturday, Graham cited two federal court rulings. In one, the U.S. Supreme Court said "states and their agencies ... cannot set-out homosexuals for special treatment..." The other "prohibits publicly-funded schools ... from barring same-sex couples from school functions."
Efforts to reach school officials for comment were unsuccessful.
During the press conference, Edmiston, Farrington and Overstreet's mother, Sarah Collins, answered reporters' questions as the girls stayed in another room. Edmiston said the girls would not be talking to reporters, although photos and videos of them were permitted after the press conference. Overstreet, 17, a junior, wore her prom dress while Martin, 16, a sophomore, had on a tuxedo.
"This is just a dance," Edmiston said. "Adults need not get involved."