Well, we can’t get married, but if gay couples can go to the prom togethed and hardly raise an eyebrow, that’s real progress. I definitely believe that social change must come first or legislative action will produce a backlash (e.g., Roe v. Wade).
The best quotes from the MSNBC story:
Allen and Misko are joining peers from Wisconsin to West Virginia in revolutionizing the traditional high school prom. More gay teens than ever are turning out for this year’s big night in gowns and tuxes– or gowns and gowns, or tuxes and tuxes. But instead of sparking controversy, schools across the country are welcoming them. “It’s exploding,” says Alice Leeds, a spokesperson for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a nationwide advocacy group known as PFLAG. Brenda Melton, president of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), says that it has become almost commonplace in urban and suburban areas for a student to bring a date of the same sex to the prom–and that in most schools, it’s really no big deal.
Today’s school administrators say they want an event that’s welcoming for everyone. In fact, officials are vastly more concerned about “bellybuttons and low-cut outfits” than whether a student is holding hands with a member of the same sex.
Clearly, as we have all known, the Britney Spears look is more of a threat to family values than us gays.