Destinie Mogg-Barkalow, an openly gay
student at Bridgewater State University, was attacked for writing an
op-ed in support of gay marriage, the AP reported.
In her editorial, titled Prop
8 Generates More Hate and published in the student-run
newspaper The Comment, Mogg-Barkalow called out supporters of
California's gay marriage ban as intolerant.
“I would never want my rights to be
forgotten just so people could walk all over me,” Mogg-Barkalow
wrote. “If you believe legalizing gay marriage is
unconstitutional, I think it is time you moved to another country.
If you think it is wrong because of procreation, think again. Not
even all straight couples have children. When it comes down to it,
all I can say is leave us alone. Why are people so concerned about
my soul and not their own? If same-sex couples are going to hell, at
least I would be in peace and could finally stop worrying about
Mogg-Barkalow told police officers that
she was approached by a tall man and a shorter woman with red hair
while walking in a campus parking lot on Thursday. They pair asked
her if she wrote the article. When she answered yes, the woman
punched her in the face.
Police are investigating the incident
as a possible hate crime.
The school is organizing a rally for
Mogg-Barkalow to take place Tuesday at 11AM in the Moakley Center.