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Scottsboro, AL Gay Couple Attend Prom

Jim Burroway

March 30th, 2008

From the Huntsville Times:

Lauren Martin, 16, left, and Chelsea Overstreet, 17, right.Chelsea Overstreet and Lauren Martin were like many other Scottsboro High School girls Saturday afternoon, both nervous and excited about going to their first prom in a only a few hours.

But unlike the others, they went to the dance as a gay couple, something the Scottsboro City Board of Education tried unsuccessfully to stop.

A last-minute court order from Circuit Judge John Graham citing two federal court rulings prohibited the board from barring the girls from last night’s junior-senior prom. He cited one U.S. Supreme Court ruling which said that “states and their agencies … cannot set-out homosexuals for special treatment…” Another ruling “prohibits publicly-funded schools … from barring same-sex couples from school functions.” Judge John Graham’s injunction came down at 10:15 am yesterday.

I find it tremendously inspiring to see the bravery on the part of so many of our young people, especially given the social circumstances of living in small towns and rural communities. The youth truly are our future



Emily K
March 30th, 2008 | LINK

“states and their agencies … cannot set-out homosexuals for special treatment…”

lol this INCLUDES poor treatment! Take THAT, anti-gay activists!

March 30th, 2008 | LINK

Ha! That’s what jumped out at me too.

I love it when the anti-gays’ own words come back to bite them in the butt.

Tom in Houston
March 30th, 2008 | LINK

Congrats to the couple. As a 21 year veteran of Alabama, I can tell you that Scottsboro/Jackson County are not known for their kindness and respect towards LGBT citizens. Great for them and their supportive parents.

March 30th, 2008 | LINK

an empowering and wonderful story

Jason D
March 31st, 2008 | LINK

what a cute couple. I don’t understand the agonizing over it. Oh, we cannot let the dykes in…because…because…because they might make fun of the horrible decorations and complain about a lack of vegan appetizers! (kidding)

Regan DuCasse
April 1st, 2008 | LINK

They ARE a cute couple and good on them. They are quite brave and it may not seem to occur to the school board that this couple could actually be (gasp!), POPULAR with their peers.

I got an Exodus youth newletter and the way Exodus wants to approach kids REALLY gets my fur up.
But then I see young people like these two girls and then I see the possilibity that Randy Thomas outreach could just fall on deaf ears and his voice takes on all the strength of a mosquito buzz on the wind.

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