Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who is suing a Mississippi school district for banning same-sex prom dates, has transferred schools in time for her graduation on June 2.

McMillan states that she has transferred to a school in Jackson, about 180 miles away from Itawamba Agricultural High School, the school that canceled their prom to stop her from having a lesbian date. She has not disclosed which school.

"There was a lot of stuff going on at Itawamba. It was just really hard to do my homework, so I transferred to Jackson to get my diploma,'' McMillen said. ``There's a large gay community there. All the teachers are very nice and very helpful.''

 

McMillen's amended lawsuit against the district is pending in U.S. District Court. The district has until May 27 to file a response to McMillen's amended complaint, which now seeks monetary damages.

In relation to the story, AP is reporting that the Westboro Baptist Church will be holding a small protest at the district's graduation this weekend.  "Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member and attorney for the Topeka, Kan.-based church, said the group will protest peacefully on a public sidewalk. The church says parents did not teach their children to condemn homosexuality. The church has demonstrated at the funerals of soldiers, saying God allows military deaths to punish the United States for tolerating homosexuality. "

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