A San Diego high school made what is believed to be history last week by selecting a lesbian couple as their homecoming king and queen.
The selection of Rebeca Arellano, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, was announced to the student body at a pep rally on Friday afternoon. Her girlfriend, Haileigh Adams, was crowned homecoming queen at a dance on Saturday night.
“I hope people understand that lesbians and gays do need the same rights,” Adams told Fox 5.
Arellano and Adams have generated national attention and many people said their selection has been inspiring.
“It’s just wonderful to have the opportunity to open opportunities for others,” Arellano said.
However, there was controversy from critics who believe the title should have been reserved for a boy and a girl.
“We’re embarrassed and it’s wrong for a girl to take the spot of king,” one student told Fox 5.
Arellano told ABC 10News that she was aware of the controversy.
“Many of the guys are not happy about me running because I’m taking a guy’s place, but if there was any other way to do it and have two lesbians that are a couple win, I would,” she told the television station.
She said one of her teachers told her, “Today school is a bit better because of you girls.”
Arellano addressed the criticism of her selection as homecoming queen in a Facebook statement reposted by ABC:
“For all the girls who think tradition should be continued, go back to the kitchen, stop having sex before you’re married, get out of school and job system, don’t have an opinion, don’t own any property, give up the right to marry who you love, don’t vote, and allow your husband to do whatever he pleases to you. Think about the meaning of tradition when you use it in your argument against us.”
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