New bill allows Father-Daughter dances in R.I.

By: News Staff

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Rhode Island's “Father-Daughter Dance” bill will become law.

Governor Lincoln Chafee decided today to let the controversial bill become law, despite calls from nearly a dozen women's groups urging him to veto.

The bill will allow R.I. schools to hold Father-Daughter dances, along with various other gender-specific events.

The legislation was inspired by the cancellation of a Father-Daughter dance in Cranston last year. After the A.C.L.U backed a complaint from a parent, Cranston school officials said the gender-specific dance violated state law.