Bridgewater State Student Punched in Campus Parking Lot for Writing Opinion Piece Supporting Gay Marriage

The assistant editorial page editor of The Comment at Bridgewater State University was allegedly attacked earlier this week in a campus parking lot in response to an opinion piece she wrote supporting gay marriage.

As the Comment itself reports (hat tip SPLC): “Destinie Mogg-Barkalow told police she was walking in the Chapel Lot at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by a tall male and a red-headed female. Mogg-Barkalow, who writes regularly for the paper and is the editorial page assistant editor, was wearing a Comment sweatshirt. The couple, who were presumably students, asked if she had written the article advocating gay marriage that appeared in this week’s paper.  When Mogg-Barkalow, who is gay, confirmed that she was the author, the female punched her.”

The paper’s editor-in-chief and adviser have spoken out strongly against the alleged hate crime, along with the BSU president and others at the Massachusetts school.

Adviser Dave Copeland: “I’m devastated. In 20 years as a journalist I’ve been sued and threatened, but no one has ever gone as far as physically attacking me like that.  It sickens me that something like this would happen on a college campus, where students are supposed to be able to express their opinions, values and ideas freely.”

A campus rally, “Students March Against Hate,” is being organized via Facebook for staging early next week.  And local police say they are “aggressively working” to find the alleged assailants.

In the opinion piece that apparently angered her attackers, Mogg-Barkalow praises the recent Proposition 8 ban, writing, “When I grew up in a Baptist church, I was taught that every sin was equal and to practice acceptance. My pastor never told me to ‘pray away gays’ as Sarah Palin did, or that ‘being gay is not the way’, like Rick Santorum stated.  How would you feel if politicians and religious leaders told you not to feel a certain way? It would kind of feel like your parents were telling you to do something. I know how to run my life and I can love whomever I want.”

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