Two weekends ago more than 300 gay couples got married after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. One of the women in one of those weddings has been assaulted and says that the three men who beat her up shouted bigoted epithets during the attack.
Three men in Ypsilanti Township Monday assaulted a woman who was able to marry her partner during the brief repeal of Michigan’s gay marriage ban.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported the 28-year-old woman got off the bus about 6 p.m. Monday in the area of the 3000 block of Roundtree Boulevard in Ypsilanti Township.
The woman told investigators she got off the bus in the area and was walking home through an apartment parking lot. Three men approached her, with one of them using a homophobic slur, calling her a derogatory name for a woman and asking her if she had recently been on the news.
A man then punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground and causing her to lose consciousness. When she woke up, one of the men was kicking her in the torso.
The men have not been caught. In the comments, the reporter said, “I spoke with WCSO spokesman Derrick Jackson in court today, for an unrelated case. When I asked him about this case, he said the deputies who responded to the call for service said they have a high amount of confidence in the validity of the woman’s report.” Some in the comments are doubting the story. To be fair, there have been some false reports of such incidents around the country, though they are a tiny fraction of the real number of violent attacks on gay people. This one is particularly appalling to me because it hits so close to home.