Georgia student to bring gay date to prom

Wed. March 24, 2010 12:00 AM by

Cochran, GA - Officials at a Cochran, Georgia high school have agreed to allow a male student to bring his gay date to prom, Atlanta-based Fox 5 News reported.

Derrick Martin's January request to bring a same-sex date to the April 17 dance has been approved by Bleckley County High School officials. The school requires approval in advance for bringing a prom date that is not a student enrolled in the county.

The decision comes on the heels of a Fulton, Mississippi high school decision to cancel its annual prom dance rather than allow an openly lesbian student to bring her girlfriend.

With the help of the ACLU, 18-year-old Constance McMillen is suing the school board to reinstate the April 2 dance.

Bleckley County High School principal Michelle Masters said there is no school policy that prohibits a student from bringing a same-sex date to the annual dance.

Martin, an 18-year-old senior at the school, told The Telegraph that he was surprised at not having his request denied.

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