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Monday
Feb272012

Homecoming Photo of Gay Marine Kissing Boyfriend Goes Viral

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A photo of a Marine kissing his boyfriend upon returning home from a tour of duty is going viral with more than 15,000 likes and 3,000 comments on Facebook. The photo, which shows Marine Brandon Morgan locked in a romantic embrace with his boyfriend, was initially posted on the Facebook page Gay Marines.

“You made my day! Thank you for your service and congratulations on your love. This is what we’ve been fighting for,” one commenter wrote.

“I am glad that you are safe at home and with the person you love. Thank you for your service to this great country of ours. Be happy and stay safe,” wrote another.

[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHOTO, VIA THE 'GAY MARINES' FACEBOOK PAGE]

But not all responses were as supportive.  One commenter called the photo “a damn shame,” and another posted simply “yuck.”

Brandon Morgan, upon finding out about his sudden Internet fame, released the following statement via his Facebook page:

“To everyone who has responded in a positive way, my partner and I want to say thank you....Can’t believe how many shares and likes we have gotten on this. We didn’t do this to get famous, or something like that. We did this cause after 3 deployments and four years  knowing each other, we finally told each other how we felt. As for the haters, let em hate....To quote Katt Williams, everyone needs haters, so let them hate.

“We are the happiest we have ever been, and as for the whole PDA and kissing slash hugging in uniform…it was a homecoming, if the Sergeants Major, Captains, Majors, and Colonels around us didn’t care…then why do you care what these random people have to say? In summation, thank you for your love and support. I received a lot of friend requests off this. I don’t just accept requests so if your request was because of this post, message me and let me know. Goodnight all, and Semper Fi.”

The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, which allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, was signed into law by President Obama on Dec.  22, 2010, and was fully implemented on Sept. 20, 2011. It overturned the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, which had banned openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people from serving in the military since Dec. 21, 1993.

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Friday
Dec162011

Principal Sorry for Student-Parent Kissing Prank

Ablestock.com/Thinkstock(ROSEMOUNT, Minn.) -- A Minnesota high school principal is apologizing for a pep rally prank in which the captains of the school’s sports teams were tricked into locking lips with their own parents.

The athletes were blindfolded at the winter pep fest and told they would be kissed by a special someone, presumably a fellow student. Instead, they were kissed by their own parents, who were not blindfolded.

The prank was filmed and uploaded to YouTube, where various versions of the video had over 33,000 hits as of Friday morning.

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Some of the kisses in the video lasted for several seconds; the footage shows one pair kissing and rolling around on the ground.

One student, still blindfolded, was asked if he knew who had kissed him, and responded that his “special someone” had “luscious lips.”

After receiving about a dozen complaints from people inside and outside the district, John Wollersheim, the high school’s principal, apologized for the prank.

“This activity was intended to be fun, but some found it offensive,” he wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “We apologize to anyone who was offended by this activity.”

Wollersheim received both positive and negative feedback in emails from those who had viewed the video, some feeling the school's critics should have a better sense of humor.

For others, the video was an example of the school teaching students poor values.

“What can possibly be the justification for ridiculing students and their parents in pseudo sexual manner!” one person wrote in an email. “What are we telling students if this sort of thing is not only condoned by the administration but blatantly encouraged?”

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Friday
Nov042011

Student Suspended for Hugging

Ablestock.com/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) -- A 14-year-old middle school student was suspended as a result of a Florida school’s strict no-hugging policy.

Nick Martinez said he hugged his best friend, a female student, quickly between classes, according to WKMG-TV, Orlando, and never thought the gesture would result in suspension. The principal at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay saw the hug and brought the two students to the dean, who issued a one-day in-school suspension.

“Honestly, I didn’t know, because I didn’t think hugging was a bad thing. I didn’t know you could get suspended for it,” Martinez told WKMG-TV. “A lot of friends are hugging. I just happened to be the one caught doing it.”

According to the school’s student handbook, students can be penalized for hugging or hand-holding with either a dean’s detention or suspension. Kissing calls for a one-day out-of-school suspension.

Martinez’s mother, Nancy Crescente, was outraged to learn her son had been suspended for the “mutual hug,” and is calling on the school board to clarify the policy.

As it stands, the school’s handbook doesn’t distinguish between an inappropriate hug, which could constitute harassment, and a mutual, friendly hug. It also makes no distinction in the policy between 11-year-old students and 16-year-olds, who all attend Southwest.

“We cannot make an opinion or judgment call on whether a hug is appropriate or not. It’s very difficult to police that on campus,” Christine Davis, the  public information officer for Brevard County Public Schools, told ABC News.

Davis said the school puts policies and procedures in place to help keep the students focused on learning.

The official policy across Brevard Country schools is that public affection is “in poor taste,” but it does not necessarily result in suspension. This middle school’s Student Advisory Council, a board made up of teachers, parents and administrators, reviewed the district’s guidelines and outlined the specific consequences for public displays of affection.

The school has no plans to change the policy.

Crescente told WKMG-TV that she would ask the board to change the policy and fight to have her son’s suspension scrubbed from his record.

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