Wallace in the schoolhouse door, again
The Mississippi ACLU heard about the case and sent the district a letter demanding that it change its policy. Yesterday it made its decision; rather than allow a lesbian couple to attend, it canceled the prom entirely. It also expressed hope that private citizens would organize an event of their own, presumably one from which "right-thinking" people could exclude despised pariahs without running into legal hassles.
47 years later, the spirit of George Wallace lives on.
Until this week, few people outside of Mississippi had even heard of Itawamba county. The place is already headed for fame it will regret, however, as bloggers nationwide pick up the story. Among them is the inimitable PZ Myers (in spite of the fact that he's in Australia at the moment!), to whom I'll give the last word here:
I predict that Constance McMillen will be one of the progressive young people who will be fleeing Small Town America as fast as she can, as soon as she can. And the old geezers and flea bag preachers will sit around in their shrinking, backwards-looking community and wonder why the young people are so anxious to abandon them.