The Right To Equality Does Not Give You The Right To Do Whatever You Want

The Itawamba County School District in Mississippi USA cancelled the school prom because a lesbian student, Constance McMillan, requested to bring her girlfriend whom would be wearing a tuxedo. Constance McMillan took the school to court for discrimination and it was ruled that the school had violated the 1st Amendment, however, the school was not forced to hold the prom since there were plans to hold a private event organised by the parents of the students.

It was recently reported that a new prom was organised, which Constance was invited to attend with her girlfriend, however, only 7 students attended, along with a handful of staff from the school. Meanwhile, the majority of the students attended a separate private event organised by parents of the students. Many people are outraged about how the school, students and parents discriminated against Constance. But I believe that it is their right to hold a private event.

Now I have nothing against gays/lesbians, I don't care at all what anyone's sexual preference is, nor do I find it wrong/disgusting/abhorrent if two guys or two girls want to get freaky in the sack. I treat them like I would anyone else. But what I do have a problem with is homosexuals who want to go out of their way to shove their sexual preference down other people's throats, claiming to want equality while holding parades dedicated to showing off how they are "different" from heterosexuals.

Okay, so Constance wasn't exactly pushing her "lifestyle choice" on anyone, but apparently the school is in a predominately Christian environment, and the rules say that all girls (both heterosexuals and homosexuals) had to wear dresses. Perhaps the whole controversy could have been averted if Constance and her partner had gone to the prom as friends wearing dresses. Some would say that Constance should have the right to take whoever and wear whatever she wants. What if someone wanted to go to the prom in a bondage costume? I doubt there would be anyone screaming "Discrimination!" in such a case. Plus, since it was the school that was organising the initial prom, they should have the right to make the rules about who can go to the prom.

A statement from a student who attended the "real prom" says that the event that Constance attended was the real prom, and that the other students had simply chosen not to go to it, instead they held their own private event. People should have the right to choose who they associate with. Reminds me of a past controversy when "equality" groups called for a men's club to allow female members (not to mention the double-standard where noone cares if a man isn't allowed into an all-female club). If a group of men choose to hang out with other men, then no legislation should force them to hang out with women. Similarly, if a group of people are uncomfortable with open displays of a person's sexual preference, then no court should force them to like what they don't like.

If I were denied entry to a Muslim mosque for wearing a skimpy outfit, should I sue and demand that they let me do what I want and wear what I want in the mosque? While people should have the right to be treated equally, realistically there are times where one should make sacrifices for the sake of peace. Stirring up unnecessary controversy only makes the group one claims to represent look bad. After all that's been said and done, I suggest that Constance move to a place that is more accepting of who she is, rather than trying to use the courts to force everyone else to give up their "rights" to accommodate her "rights".