Andrew Markle

Michigan Woman Assaulted After Marrying Same-Sex Spouse

Filed By Andrew Markle | April 01, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: anti-gay violence, hate crime, Michigan

washtenaw-county-michigan.gifA woman who married her same-sex spouse during Michigan's brief window of marriage equality was horrifically assaulted on Monday. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office reports that the 28-year-old woman was assaulted after she got off the bus Monday evening in Ypsilanti Township, just outside of Detroit:

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 then fled from the area on foot. One of the men is described as white, 5-feet-10 inches to 5-feet-11 inches tall, heavy set and with a low or husky voice. The other two men could not be identified.

The sheriff's office said the woman has recently been in the news because she was able to marry her wife in Washtenaw County. A federal court decision struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage in late March and couples were able to marry for one day before a federal appeals court stayed the ruling indefinitely at the request of Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette.

Police are asking for assistance in identifying the suspects in this case. If you have any information, you are encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (773-2587).

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