Gives Thanks

BY Advocate Contributors

November 16 2010 11:00 PM ET

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Gay Kissers Break the Record

When College of New Jersey students Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello announced in August they would attempt to break the Guinness world record for longest kiss, they wanted to make one thing clear: It wasn’t sexual. “I am in a relationship, and my boyfriend supports the cause completely,” Bobby said. “We all know each other, and we’re very close friends.” When the time finally came to go for the record, friends of the two took turns emceeing the “Our Lips Are Sealed” event on UStream, reminding viewers repeatedly that this was about the fight for equal rights. Camera crews—and the stray protester or two—turned out as the clock ticked down and on September 19 at 8:06 p.m., Matty and Bobby were victorious, having stood lip-locked for 32 hours, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, beating the previous record by 23 minutes. They were tired and hungry but thrilled they’d captured so many eyes. The two are petitioning Guinness to certify the record, and the earliest they’ll appear in the book is 2012, but they agree that they got their message across. Says Bobby: “Love is universal no matter who you are.” 

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