Beyond the contentious issue of same-sex marriage, a poll released Wednesday by the group Equality Pennsylvania found overwhelming support in the state for civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people on the job and in public accommodations.
Copper Hills High will allow "Singing Valentines" to same-sex students on Thursday.
Students were handed fliers last week about the school’s annual choir fundraiser —in which students make a donation and choir students in turn deliver songs to other students — with these words on it: "Sorry, no same-sex delivery." Students and others sent protests to the school administration about the statement that seemed to single out gay students and was interpreted by some as bullying.
The flier seemed all the more curious since the school recently started a new gay-straight student alliance.
But it depends on who you talk to about whether it was an issue or not.
The flier, Copper Hills Principal Todd Quarnberg said, was a "mistake" by choir students and not meant as a slight against any group of students.
"It was a misunderstanding," said Quarnberg, adding the choir students had choreographed their songs with winking and crooning. "They don’t care if you’re gay or lesbian. It was just miscommunication."
With a 10-seat majority in the Senate, Democrats say they have enough votes to move Illinois toward legalizing gay marriage with a floor vote Thursday. For Republicans, the issue is far more complicated.
The group of Sullivan High School parents, teachers, and students lobbying for a straight-only prom have couched their anti-LGBT position in religious language, stating "We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don't think it's right nor should it be accepted." Many religious leaders, however, have rejected the group's claims that LGBT people are "wrong" and that they should have a straight-only prom.