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Lesbian couple voted homecoming queen and king draw support, anger

October 31, 2011 | 10:12 am

Lesbian couple crowned Homecoming Queen and King

Students at a San Diego high school elected a lesbian couple as homecoming king and queen over the weekend, a move that has garnered international attention for the couple.

Patrick Henry High School senior Rebeca Arellano was crowned king on Friday and her girlfriend, Haileigh Adams, was named queen, KSWB-TV reported.

"I hope people understand that lesbians and gays do need the same rights," Adams told the San Diego television station.

The couple said they were not planning to run and were shocked by the attention they've received.

Arellano, the school's first female homecoming king, told ABC News, "It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had."

The couple said they had received a lot of positive support, but that a lot of people were also angry about it, saying that it's wrong for a girl to be king.

ABC News reported that Arellano posted a response on Facebook: "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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Photo: Rebeca Arellano, left, was crowned homecoming king and her girlfriend, Haileigh Adams, queen at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego. Credit: Rebeca Arellano via KSWB-TV