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Lesbian couple formal row ‘could be discrimination’

November 10, 2010

A Melbourne school’s refusal to let a female student bring her girlfriend to the formal could constitute discrimination, according to Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Helen Szoke.

Dr Szoke said Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar may have breached the Equal Opportunity Act if it refused to let Year 11 student Hannah Williams take her 15-year-old girlfriend to the formal on the basis of her sexual orientation. Hannah, 16, says she was asked to bring a male to the dance instead, a claim the school principal has denied.

“Certainly it could constitute discrimination under the Equal Opportunity Act,” Dr Szoke told Radio 3AW.

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