Alabama school reverses, won't bar lesbians from prom

THARPTOWN, Ala. (AP) - A north Alabama school district has
reversed itself and may allow a high school student to bring her
girlfriend to the prom after initially saying the lesbian couple
wouldn't be permitted.

Seventeen-year-old Cynthia Stewart says she asked to bring her
girlfriend to the prom at Tharptown High School in Russell County
but was refused permission by the principal.

Stewart sought help from the American Civil Liberties Union, and
school officials on Tuesday said they were reconsidering.

Assistant superintendent Donald Borden said the girl's date
lives out of the school district and must be screened like anyone
else who doesn't go to the school.

But, he says, the two will be allowed if Stewart's date is approved.

The prom is in March.

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