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Gay Dads and Kids Harassed, Called Pedophiles on Amtrak

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The Advocate’s parent company, and his husband, Robbie Pierce, were traveling from Los Angeles to Oakland, Calif., Tuesday on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight.

They were accompanied by their 6-year-old son and 5-year-old foster child. They were enjoying the ride and looking out the windows, and then a fellow passenger approached them while the train was stopped at San Jose.“All of a sudden, there was a man standing there next to me,” Pierce says.

The man said to their son, “Remember what I told you earlier. They stole you and they’re pedophiles,” Pierce recounts. The man was very aggressive and said gay people were an abomination.“I stood up and just was saying, ‘Get away,’” Pierce says.

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