Student Says She Was Punched in the Face for Prop. 8 Column

BY Lucas Grindley

February 20 2012 9:41 AM ET

A student columnist in Massachusetts says she was confronted in a parking lot and punched in the face for writing about her opposition to Proposition 8.

Destinie Mogg-Barkalow, a student at Bridgewater State University, had penned a column earlier this week that said those opposed to same-sex marriage need to catch up with the times.

"If you believe legalizing gay marriage is unconstitutional, I think it is time you moved to another country," wrote Mogg-Barkalow, who is a lesbian, in The Comment student paper on Wednesday. "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."

Then Mogg-Barkalow says she was confronted the next day in parking lot by a tall man and a shorter red-headed woman who asked if she'd written the column, then when she confirmed, the woman punched her in the face.

Police told The Comment they are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, though the suspects haven't been caught. And students are planning a rally in support of the writer on campus on Tuesday.







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