An Indiana high-school
reversed a policy
that said a lesbian student could not wear a tuxedo to
her prom. The school's principal had initially told her that
she could not wear a tuxedo, citing a long-standing policy
dictating that men must wear tuxedos and women must
wear dresses. The student sued, saying that Lebanon
High School violated her right to express herself and
discriminated against her because of her gender.
According to the
district superintendent Robert L. Taylor said that the issue
has been resolved, though the school board will have to vote to
accept the agreement.
"School policy for
this year's prom will be that all attendees shall wear
appropriate formal attire with no gender-based attire
requirements imposed," the statement said. "Female
students will be permitted to wear tuxedos if they
Ken Falk, legal
director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and
the student's attorney, said his client is pleased with the
decision and will attend the April prom in a tuxedo.
"We think this is
what the decision should have been all along, that there was
never any justification for the policy," Falk said.
"It's unfortunate that we had to go this