Mich. Woman Attacked After Being Recognized From Televised Same-Gender Wedding

By Julissa Catalan


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A 28-year-old Michigan woman was attacked and beaten by three men after being recognized for getting married to her partner on a news broadcast during the short period of time in which the same-gender marriage ban was lifted last month in the state.

The woman was walking through the parking lot of Roundtree Apartments around 6pm, when she was approached by three men who were yelling, “Hey b—-. Are you that (anti-gay slur) from the news”

She was then abruptly punched in the face and knocked unconscious. After waking back up, one of the other men kicked her in the torso before they all took off.

The victims said she only saw one of the men, who she described as close to 6-feet tall and heavyset, with a husky voiceprobably in his 20s.

The apartment complex does not having security cameras.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation. “We’re calling it an assault for now, but whether or not the suspects are identified and we’re able to prove a case on them, there could be additional charges regarding the hate-crime aspect of it,” Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said.

Fox told the Free Press that the woman “had obvious visual injuries.”

“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,” he said. “The injuries matched exactly what she said had happened. There’s no reason for us not to believe her and we’ll proceed with the investigation. Everything we see matches what she said.”

He also said the woman, who wants to remain anonymous, is expected to make a full recovery.

The victim and her partner are just one of the hundreds of LGBT couples who were married on March 22nd, following a U.S. district court decision that legalized same-gender marriages in the state. Shortly after, a judge placed a hold on any further marriages while the ruling is appealed.

The attackers remain at large.

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