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pyjamaslug's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by pyjamaslug

Cut the young people some slack. they are not necessarily bigoted or homophobic; they almost certainly feel sympathy for Constance McMillan, they simply are not equipped to deal with the tsunami which has hit them as a result of this young woman's assertion of her right to free association. The blame and shame lies with their parents, not with them.

I fully sympathise with their wish to have a prom which matches their expectations. They are still wearing the training wheels of life, not expecting their parents harsher realities to intrude. I don't blame them for accepting the offer of a 'problem free' prom, although I can't imagine many of them will have done so free from a nagging sense of guilt. Young adults can be like that: thoughtful and empathetic.

Unlike some commenters here.

Peter

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 06:49:00 UTC | #456612