The Christian conservative group American Family Association (AFA) has called a Mississippi school's settlement with gay teen Constance McMillen a capitulation to “evil.”

The settlement between the Itawamba County School District and McMillen was announced Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

McMillen, with the assistance of the ACLU, sued the district in March after it decided to cancel the annual prom dance for junior and senior students rather than allow McMillen to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

School officials agreed to pay the teen $35,000 in damages plus attorneys' fees and adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination. Officials, however, did not admit to any wrongdoing in their offer.

“This illustrates how evil advances in America: It advances because kindhearted, goodhearted people refuse to stand up against evil and stare it down; instead they capitulate, they concede, they give in,” Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis at AFA, told Life Site News.

Fischer called the decision to settle tantamount to “homosexual activists shaking down rural taxpayers for 35 grand.”

He added that the school had “compromised the ability of every high school in America to defend natural norms of sexual expression” in not pursuing a court battle.

In its announcement, the ACLU said parents, students and school officials conspired against McMillen when they held a private prom that excluded her; a plan the ACLU called “cruel.”

McMillen transferred to another school before graduating in the spring.

The case drew nationwide interest, turning McMillen into an overnight gay rights celebrity. She was invited to present an award at this year's GLAAD Media Awards and served as grand marshal for New York's Gay Pride Parade.

Fischer drew heat in May from gay groups when he likened lifting the policy that bans gay troops from serving openly to Hitler's army of “savage gay Nazis” on his radio program.

Source: Life Site News