A 28-year-old Michigan woman was assaulted by homophobic thugs near her home this week after being recognized as one of many couples who were featured on a news segment after Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned last month.
The Ypsilanti Township resident, who now prefers to remain anonymous, told police she was walking through an apartment building parking lot when two men approached her and yelled “Hey bitch, are you that faggot from the news?”
The woman was punched in the face and fell to the ground unconscious. “She had obvious visual injuries,” said Washtenaw County Sgt. Geoffrey Fox. “She had injuries to her eye and around her eye. It was swollen, and she had fresh injuries on her arms and on her torso. We’re calling it an assault for now, but…there could be additional charges regarding the hate-crime aspect of it.”
The victim is reportedly one of several hundred couples who were married last month when four counties in Michigan opened county clerk’s offices over the weekend to marry same-sex couples following a ruling that found the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
Some of the initial marriage ceremonies took place on live television.