There are reports that several schools in New Zealand are asking students to swear to their sexuality:
Pupils are being prevented from taking same-sex partners to school balls unless they sign contracts confirming they are homosexual, a gay support group says.
The Human Rights Commission is aware of policies barring pupils who want to take same-sex ball partners. It says excluding someone on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender is potentially unlawful.[...]
Rainbow education officer Serafin Dillon knows of four Auckland colleges that do not allow same-gender ball partners unless pupils sign contracts stating their sexual orientation.
She would not name the schools but said their policies were discriminatory and breached the Bill of Rights.
Why in the world are they even being asked to do this?
Well, this is why:
Schools that barred same-sex partners were discriminating against gay pupils or those who only wanted to take their best friend.
The article uses the term "homosexuality," but I don't know if the contracts use that specific term. If they do, what about bisexual students who want to bring someone of the same sex?
And what's the problem with people going with their best friends? I went to my senior prom with a close friend who was female, and yet I was never asked to sign any contract saying I was straight.
As crazy as this sounds, this is the direct result of positing the gay rights movement as one of a minority asking for equality instead of (a) people asking for sexual autonomy. If the policy that someone can't bring a same-sex date is wrong because it discriminates against gay and lesbian students, then only allowing gay and lesbian students to bring same-sex dates is an appropriate solution. If the policy is wrong because the school doesn't have a right to tell students what the sex of their date should be, then anyone of any sexuality should be allowed to bring a date of any sex.
Hopefully, though, we don't have to look that deeply to see that this idea is simply ridiculous. Why ban students from going to prom with a best friend? Jeez, they're the only people worth going out with in high school.