7. Does a school have to allow a student to take a same-gender date to prom?   Back in 1980, when Aaron Fricke sued his high school for the right to bring his boyfriend to prom, the court found in his favor on the basis of the free speech argument. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protected his freedom of expression. In 1996, in another case involving peer-on-peer harassment, when Jamie Nabozny sued his middle and high school principals for treating his bullying less seriously because he was gay, the courts found in his favor on the basis of equal protection. They said that the U.S. Constitution guarantees that the government, including a public school administration, canít change the rules for one group of people without a rational basis. Jamie won almost a million dollars.12 As for the safety argument, courts have said that a school can and must take steps to protect a student attending prom, rather than punishing the student for other studentsí beliefs.)

12 See Lambda Legalís Youth Prom Sample Demand Letter http://www.lambdalegal.org/assets/pdf/youth-prom-sample-demand-letter.html..  

 
a. Yes, itís a matter of free speech and equal treatment under law YES!  
b. Maybe  
c. No, a school can prohibit that as a matter of safety  
       
       
     
   
 
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