A Gay Bashing Incident in Michigan

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.

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  • Alverant

    Will the cops say, “It’s against my religion.” to avoid investigating?

  • Larry

    They grow ’em brave and manly there in MI, don’t they. Took 3 of them to beat up one defenseless woman.

  • Chiroptera

    But some Christians may be forced to bake a gay cake. Some Christians may not be able to prevent a gay couple from adopting a child. And some Christians may not be able to use their official position to recite an evangelical Protestant prayer during a public meeting. So who really is the persecuted minority here?

  • Well, if they’re like most KKKrisitianist bullies, they’ll be braggin’ bout their “defense of marriage” on some blog or other.

    Gotta love the, “Want to know God” ad on the left side of the page.

    My answer, “No, I’ve know enough meatworld abusive pricks in my life; I’ve got no desire to kiss up to any who are make believe.”

  • peterh


    It’s just as likely they’re at the corner bar muttering in their beers about some woman uppity enough to not be ready to flop and spread for them. Guys like that give cretin a bad name.

  • jba55

    @2 “Took 3 of them to beat up one defenseless woman.”

    Defenseless? Are you kidding? They probably all caught the gay from their righteous actions, they’re martyrs!

    … I don’t have to /snark this, do I?

  • freehand

    Once again the institutions of machismo and Christian love are protected from the forces of immorality. Obviously she’s immoral, for she isn’t following the rules of their imaginary king. So I guess we also see faith triumph over reason once again.

  • escuerd

    They grow ‘em brave and manly there in MI, don’t they. Took 3 of them to beat up one defenseless woman.

    It seems like groups of (usually) guys attacking smaller groups or individuals is the usual pattern for these kinds of hate crimes, or at least the ones that are publicized.

    Not sure if it’s a causal factor in the crime (e.g. bigots in groups are more likely to become violent in groups because they’re more powerful and more likely to want to show bravado in front of their friends) or if it’s related to how they are reported (in a one-on-one crime there might be fewer parties involved to spill the beans about why the crime was committed, and the motives would just go under the radar).

  • cry4turtles

    Not sure I’m crazy about the term “defenseless woman” here. Wouldn’t anybody be “defenseless” at the hands of three perpetrators? Maybe I’m too sensitive, but I’m a woman, and I don’t feel defenseless at all. Perhaps it’s the recent, and most excellent, self-defense course I took speaking?

  • @9:

    Yes. I thought about the comment and decided that Larry wasn’t (afaict) equating her gender with her “defenselessness”.

    It is true that women except for those like you, who have been trained in self-defense tactics or those who are outliers in terms of upper body development/strength are at a disadvantage when attacked by someone who is bigger and stronger (although I’ve seen plenty of VERY strong women–thinking only in terms of muscular strength, here) and that is usually a man or a group of men.

    Good for you that you have some tools/weapons to use against would be attackers. The best defense, if the option is available, is to flee.

  • cry4turtles

    Recognizing when to fight or take flight was part of the training. High school girls should have to take a self defense course. I don’t think I can kick a man’s ass, but I’m now familiar with multiple weaknesses, above and beyond the groin. The instructors recommended thinking of weak areas every time I look in the mirror so it becomes automatic. I never would’ve thought of that. It definitely decreased my level of vulnerability.

  • I spend most of my summers in the beautiful U.P. I’m pretty openly and, at least it seems to me, obviously gay. I wonder sometimes if I’m in for it. Plenty of macho and for me a bit scary dudes up there. Never really felt directly threatened but things like this are frightening. How does a guy punch a defenseless and totally harmless person in the face, woman or man? How does that guy live with himself? What kind of fearful insecure world does he live in that drives him to a brutal attack like that? I don’t even know what to think or say about this.