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Daddy-daughter dances banned in Rhode Island!

  • Single mom says her daughter couldn't participate
  • Title IX has exemptions for parent-child events but they violate Rhode Island law
Daddy-daughter dances banned in Rhode Island!

The father-daughter dance can be a special date night for a little girl and her dad: He holds the door, gives her a corsage and they dance the night away. But what if you’re a little girl who doesn’t have a dad in your life? What kind of night is it for you?

A single mom in Rhode Island filed a complaint with the America Civil Liberties Union, saying her daughter was left out of such a dance. The ACLU sent a letter on behalf of that mom to the superintendent, which triggered a closer look at the law.

What they found is that federal Title IX legislation (which bans gender discrimination) has an exemption for these types of events. But (and this is a BIG but) Rhode Island law does not, which means father-daughter events (and mother-son events for that matter) violate state law.

With it being election season, you better bet there are some politics involved, too. It was a candidate running for state Senate (Republican Sean Gately) who brought attention to the ban. He says he will work to change the law if he is elected.

Now we want to hear your take: Should parent-child events be banned? Would “family dances” be a better idea?

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