Rebeca Arellano and Haileigh Adams, seniors at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, CA, became one of the first lesbian couples crowned homecoming king and queen in the nation on Saturday night.
Arellano shared on her Facebook page, “I was happier than when I won, my little Haileigh has just been announced Homecoming queen [sic] and I couldn’t feel happier! Thanks to every single one of you! You guys made this happen and we are all part of something huge. I can’t fully express how grateful I am. I am in completely shocked that this happen. My girl looks absolutely flawless.”
“Thank you all for allowing this change to happen,” Arellano added.
As for the Homecoming Queen herself, she shared with ABC News, “We have a lot of support, but there are also a lot of people who are angry about it. Anonymous Patrick Henry students are saying they’re embarrassed and that it’s wrong for a girl to take the spot of King. But there’s no other way for us to run as a couple. It’s not really fair for us not to have the right to run as a couple.”
Arellano posted a statement to those who opposed her on her Facebook wall that read, “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.”