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Tell Champlin Park High School to Let Lesbian Couple Enter Procession Together

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Champlin Park High School in Minnesota, has told two lesbian students, Desiree ("Dez") Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, that they cannot enter a school procession on Monday, January 31, as the couple they are.

The two were chosen by fellow students to be part of the "royal court" for the annual Snow Days winter event. In past years, the court entered the event's opening pep fest in procession, walking in pairs, and members of the court could choose their partners. Typically, couples who were girlfriend and boyfriend entered together.

According to a letter from the  Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Faegre & Benson, LLP, to the school and the district, though, the school told Desiree and Sarah they could not walk together because they are of the same sex. Desiree and Sarah persisted, and the school told them it would cancel the procession entirely and the event would begin with the royal court already seated.

The school later modified this to say that students would be entering one by one; the organizations say the discriminatory effect is the same, and violates both state and federal law.

Ask the school and the district to let Desiree and Sarah enter the procession this coming Monday, January 31, with each other, their chosen partners, as royal court members have done in years past.

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