Dylan Meehan and Bradley Taylor, seniors at Carmel High School in New York state, are receiving widespread media attention after they won "Cutest Couple" in the school's yearbook. Though the school did not publicize--or think there was anything unusual about--the same-sex couple receiving the award, the news went viral when it was posted to the Internet. More from CNN:
And until the news went viral, the decision, says Carmel Principal Kevin Carroll, "hasn't really been a big deal in the school."
"I thought at this stage as we are now, it shouldn't be a news event. All the reactions are coming from outside. The yearbooks were distributed Wednesday, and we didn't get any calls until someone posted it online," Carroll, whose school is about 65 miles north of New York City, told CNN Tuesday.
Taylor, 17, said he sees the honor as a great achievement and a turning point for their school.
"At first we weren't able to run because for the title, they were only allowed to pick a boy and a girl," he told CNN. "But a bunch of our friends made an uproar, and they changed it. So now you vote 'student one' and 'student two.' And I guess a lot of people voted for us and we won. So many people came up to us saying, 'You guys are going to win.'"
A mutual friend introduced the two last year during a Brown University visit. Later on, they started dating.
"I came out to my family a week or two after I started dating Brad," said Meehan, 18. "He was the one encouraging me to come out to them."
"I feel like both of our families always knew but I told my parents a month before we started dating," said Taylor.