All Dressed up With Somewhere to Go
Two young Alabama women were allowed to kick up their heels at prom this year.
By Kate X Messer,
1:05PM, Tue. Apr. 1, 2008
This weekend, an Alabama judge issued a restraining order to the Scottsboro City Board of Education so that two young ladies might attend their own prom together. While Scottsboro High kids were fumbling for last-minute tuxes and corsages, Jackson County Circuit Judge John Graham ruled late Saturday morning that the board could not ban Chelsea Overstreet and Lauren Martin from that night's annual dance, citing a Supreme Court ruling that "prohibits publicly-funded schools
from barring same-sex couples from school functions." ("Scottsboro" sound familiar? Here's why.)
The same judge took further action to defend the dignity of the Scottsboro student body when he issued a restraining order to "any parents, teachers, or chaperones at the prom caught 'cutting footloose' or 'getting jiggy wid it.'"*
[*Last paragraph = lame attempt at April Foolery.]