Michigan lesbian who gave post-wedding TV interview is attacked

Tue Apr 1, 2014 4:32pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A search is on for three men accused of knocking a woman unconscious in an apparent anti-gay attack less than two weeks after she gave a television interview about her marriage, authorities in Michigan said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old woman and her partner were wed on March 22 in Washtenaw County, one of four counties that briefly allowed same-sex nuptials after a federal judge struck down the Michigan ban on same-sex nuptials.

The woman was confronted by three men after she got off a bus on Monday evening close to her home near Ypsilanti, Michigan, about 35 miles west of Detroit, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's office said.

"Hey bitch, are you that faggot from the news?" the woman recalled one of the men saying to her, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

She was then punched in the face and fell to the ground unconscious, Jackson said.

The woman said she regained consciousness while she was being kicked in the abdomen, and then the men ran off, Jackson said.

She was treated at an area hospital for bruises and swelling to her face and abdomen and released, he said.

The woman said she rides the same bus almost every day and did not recognize the attackers, he said.

She and her partner were one of more than 300 couples around the state who sought licenses on Saturday, March 22, and her image was broadcast on local television, Jackson said.

A federal appeals court stayed the judge's ruling later on Saturday and same-sex marriages in Michigan have been halted until an appeal is heard.

Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia now allow gay marriage, a number that would be substantially increased if a series of recent federal court decisions are upheld in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (7)
gregbrew56 wrote:
I wonder what religious affiliation the attackers will lay claim to?

Apr 01, 2014 5:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wayner1 wrote:
….never realized Michigan was such a cesspool

Apr 01, 2014 8:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rockon1 wrote:
I’ve never ever heard of a woman (lesbianism or not) being called a “faggot” before. That’s almost always a pejorative used for males involved in homosex. So that right there makes it suspect to me. And nobody is faking hate crimes more than people involved in homosex.

Apr 02, 2014 1:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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