Student Allegedly Attacked Over Pro-Gay Marriage Article


Student journalist Destinie Mogg-Barkalow, of Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts, claims that she was punched in the face by another student over an article she wrote in support of gay marriage.

Via Wicked Local Rehoboth:

Mogg-Barkalow told police that she was walking in a campus parking lot shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by a tall man and a shorter woman with red hair who appeared to be fellow students.

The two asked Mogg-Barkalow, who was wearing a Comment sweatshirt at the time, if she wrote for the newspaper and if she wrote the pro-gay marriage editorial, campus police said.

When she said yes, the woman punched her in the face, leaving a bruise, university spokesman Bryan Baldwin said.Mogg-Barkalow told campus police she was stunned and walked back to The Comment office where other members of the staff called for help.”

She seemed in shock,” the editor of the student newspaper, Mary Polleys said Saturday. “She was telling us how it happened, and that’s when she started crying.”

The article, called “Prop 8 Generates More Hate”, is a response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued earlier this month that upheld a district court ruling striking down California’s voter enacted ban on same-sex marriage. In the article, Mogg-Barkalow wrote:

I would never want my rights to be forgotten just so people could walk all over me. 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 hypocritical judgment.

Mogg-Barkalow, who identifies as a lesbian, has received the full support of Comment staff and the University as a whole.

A Comment article published since the attack notes:

BSU President Dana Mohler-Faria released an email to the campus on Friday, which expressed his anger toward the incident.

“Let there be no doubt whatsoever that this University has zero tolerance for any such actions that impede or curtail the right of the members of our campus community to express themselves freely,” he said in the email.

The campus has responded to the assault swiftly, through Facebook, Twitter and email. Many professors as well as students have voiced their contempt for the individuals.

The latter article also notes a personal response from the paper’s faculty advisor Dave Copland in which he says he is “devestated” and adds, “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.”

Students have organized a Tuesday event in support of Mogg-Barkalow that they have dubbed a “March Against Hate.” A broad spectrum of groups, including BSU Occupy, Social Justice League, Pride Center Ambassadors, Student Diversity Council, and AWARE, are said to be involved in the event.

Police have yet to release details about the two suspects, however various reports suggest that the police are pursuing the possibility this attack constitutes a hate crime.

Related Stories:

9th Circuit Rules Prop 8 Trial Tapes to Stay Sealed

California Supreme Court Hears Prop. 8 Standing Issue

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

hate crimes are getting old... grow UP people! this is 2012! we are all human beings.. act like it!

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Gloria's profile state he/she is a male. Wouldn't a male named Gloria probably be gay?

I second Annmari. Today there are articles on politics, cats, children, schools, autism, food, atheists, etc. Just read thoses and let the rest of us try to right the wrongs.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Gloria D. I had some difficulties following your ramblings, but if I've understood you correctly I have but one suggestion for you: Don't read articles about LGBT if it so offends you. There are plenty of other material on Care2 that may be of more interest for you. Leave the LGBT issues to us who love to read about it and have strong feelings towards unjustices, celebrate diversity and victories, mourn when one of us are ill treated and sign petitions to make this world a better place for us all.

Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf5 years ago

All hate crimes must be stop. They affect so many good people. No hate crime doer must escape being punish no matter what level of education they have.

Dawn F.
Dawn F5 years ago

All hate crimes should be punished. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance & lack of education is hurting equal rights.

Lilithe Magdalene

Hate crime. Find them and punish them.

Mercedez M.
robyn m5 years ago

so terrible

Lydia Price

I support LGBT rights and there is no defense for abusing them based on their sexual preference. I do not make this next statement as my reason for supporting LGBT rights. It is simply an observation. I am pro-life and most LGBT do not go to clinics and request abortions.

Gloria D.
Gloria Diaz5 years ago

Is Care 2 only neews is about gays and gay and gays...I am getting so sick, if someone is try to shove it in the throat is this articles. And do not get me wrong, I do not think and not approved of violence or what is happening, but try to shove this gay stuff in people is making more hate that good! We are all different and we must accept it, but I find funny who W cares defend gay and love abortion, Not crimes to gay but go on killing babies...

Allan Yorkowitz
.5 years ago

Enforce what the law allows you to do.