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Of course it's Southern Missouri.  And probably rural, since it's a County School District.  But still, they'd rather spend their taxpayer money on legal fees defending the indefensible than spend it on education.

From KSDK.com:

The Southern Poverty Law Center is threatening to sue Scott County Central High School and the school district because Stacy Dawson, a junior at the school, was told he's not allowed to bring his boyfriend to the school dance on April 20.

The school district's policy states same-sex couples are not allowed to attend school dances together. It states, "High school students will be permitted to invite one guest, girls invite boys, and boys invite girls."

Originally posted to nilajean on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM PST.

Also republished by Angry Gays, Milk Men And Women, and LGBT Kos Community.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

    by nilajean on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:10:14 AM PST

  •  We've still got some evolving to do.... (4+ / 0-)

    David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

    by PsychoSavannah on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:23:36 AM PST

    •  and some resolving to do to get these people (2+ / 0-)
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      nilajean, AnnieR

      out of positions of power.  If I remember most of the furor is usually one parent cowing the entire staff and faculty or at least one being at the forefront, where it is opposing gay couples or book burning or whatever they decide is offensive

      •  Unfortunately (2+ / 0-)
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        PsychoSavannah, AnnieR

        this is Missouri.  Except for St. Louis and Kansas City, most people would vote for a 2 x 4 if it had an "R" painted on it in red.  In fact, I think they've elected a few.

        I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

        by nilajean on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:07:10 AM PST

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  •  Who do I invite? nt (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:29:01 AM PST

  •  Teh Stupid burns; actually fundamentalists (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR

    think being sued over trying to force their beliefs on others is a blessing or witnessing.  I had to listen to Teh Determined when I was on a school board committee and we were trying to come up with a mission statement for the new elementary school.

    Large number of members wanted some sort of invocation acknowledging God as the Creator and whose Will is manifested in the opening of the new school.

    It took a week of arguing to keep God out of the statement during which time several members loudly announced that to be sued by atheists was the greatest thing that could happen to the school

    •  Actually, (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm sort of expecting the fundamentalists to announce they are again being oppressed by being denied their religious freedom to oppress, well, I guess whoever they feel like oppressing today.

      I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

      by nilajean on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:05:01 AM PST

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  •  So can girls and guys go stag (0+ / 0-)

    and dance with their friends?  How the hell would the school even know the difference?

    Oh right they're using bigoted students to help them punish students who are out.  Way to bully your own students, school administrators.

    "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

    by Silvia Nightshade on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 12:04:23 PM PST

    •  It would depend. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm sure they can go stag and dance with their friends, but unless you're a member of a class that can get tickets, you can't get in unless you're invited.  And when my kids went to their prom, they had to give the names of the people they were buying the tickets for.

      My sons were taking girls, so there was no problem.  Also, we're in St. Louis, so I'm not entirely sure there would have been a problem anyway.

      I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

      by nilajean on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 01:25:56 PM PST

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  •  More a kludge workaround than a solution (0+ / 0-)

    but I recommend it anyway: everybody in the class who wants to invite a guest of the same gender, find somebody else in the same predicament of the opposite gender, and invite each other's dates.  Swap partners as soon as you get in.

    Do this publicly and directly, and they can't stop you because you're completely within the rules.  And it makes a fine demonstration that the rules are, not to put too fine a point on it, stupid.

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