06/07/2013 02:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Latino 'Class Couple' In Brooklyn Says They Were First Same-Sex Couple To Win (PHOTO)

All is fair in love and war -- and this just may be both.

After Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan became viral sensations for becoming the first in their high school to win “Cutest Couple,” another Brooklyn couple wants everyone to know they were first.

Five years ago, Jose Santiago and Osvaldo “Ozzy” Soto were named “Class Couple” at James Madison High School in 2008, according to the New York Daily News. When the Latino couple’s classmates saw Taylor and Meehan’s photo they urged Santiago and Osvaldo to come forth with their own story.

“When your article came out a bunch of our old high school friends contacted us on Facebook and said, no way, you guys were the first!” Santiago told the Daily News.

The two began dating in 2006 and currently live together in Brooklyn. When they look back on the day they received the award they remember laughing at the trophies they were given.

“They had a boy and a girl on top of them,” Santiago told the New York daily. “So, yeah, that was kind of funny.”

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The couple said they hadn’t experienced any bullying for their relationship from their peers during High School, which is something else the duo shares with Carmel High School’s viral “Cutest Couple” Taylor and Meehan.

“This whole thing has been a bit surreal for us because we have been raised to believe that love is love,” Taylor and Meehan explained in an email to The Huffington Post. “We never realized that our happiness and openness would inspire so many individuals. The support we have received from our family, friends, and even strangers has led us to believe that our affection for each other is normal ... When we started dating a year [ago], the thought of a photo of us traveling throughout the world would be a bit frightening, but now we are proud to be part of the LGBT community.”

The discussion concerning which couple was “first” is not exactly “war” since both made history at their own high schools, but it certainly seems like there’s plenty of love surrounding the four trailblazers.



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