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TELL US: Should Father-Daughter Dances Be Banned?

State law in Rhode Island bans Father-Daughter dances, such as the ones held at schools and community center in many towns. Let us know if you agree with the ban or not.

TELL US: Should Father-Daughter Dances Be Banned? TELL US: Should Father-Daughter Dances Be Banned?

Father-daughter dances are a tradition at many schools, community centers and social halls in towns all across Massachusetts.

But down in Cranston, R.I., school officials there say they have banned Father-Daughter dances after a complaint from one mother, according to various reports on Cranston Patch.

The ban was part of a wider ban put in place this fall by Cranston school Superintendent Judith Lundsten, according to Cranston Patch reporting. The move came after Lundsten received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union complaining that a single mother had not been allowed to attend a Father-Daughter dance with her daughter.

Apparently the federal Title IX legislation that bans gender description actually has an exemption for activities such as Father-Daughter dances. But Rhode Island law does not honor that exemption, Cranston Patch reported.

Does the ACLU have a point? Should Father-Daughter dances be banned? Should single mothers be allowed to attend with their daughter?

Let us know in the comments.

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