3 Men Face Hate Crime Charges For Viciously Beating Newlywed Lesbian Woman
Three men are wanted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan after they assaulted a lesbian woman who married her partner on the lone day that gay marriage was legal in Michigan.
According to police, the 28-year-old woman got off a bus and was walking through a parking lot when three men approached her, hurling anti-gay slurs. Officials say the story about the woman’s marriage was featured on an earlier news report.
One man reportedly punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious. When she came to, another one of the men was kicking her in the body.
Sgt. Geoffrey Fox told media that “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.”
Fox then added “She 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. 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.”
Michigan’s voter-approved gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. District Judge but a federal appeals court has placed a stay on gay marriages in the state until they review the case. As such, same-sex Michigan couples only had a one day window to get married before the appeals court suspended gay marriages.