The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s department in Michigan is currently on the hunt for two men who attacked a woman they recognized from a same-sex wedding television appearance. The 28-year-old Ypsilanti Township woman was attacked Monday outside a Ypsilanti Township apartment complex; the woman was punched, kicked and knocked unconscious, police said.
In a news release quoted by the Detroit Free Press, the sheriff’s office gave the following account of the attack:
“One of the males stated, ‘Hey b—-. Are you that (anti-gay slur) from the news?’ One of the males then punched her in the face, which knocked her to the ground and unconscious.”
The Free Press stated that after the woman regained consciousness, she was kicked in the stomach and the suspects then fled. The woman described one of her attackers as “white, 5-feet-10 inches to 5-feet-11 inches tall, heavy set and with a low or husky voice.” There were at least two other men involved, however authorities haven’t provided a physical description of them.
“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,” Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said.
“She had obvious visual injuries,” Fox said. “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.”
Washtenaw was one of four Michigan counties issuing marriage licenses on March 22, the Saturday after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. But the U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals indefinitely suspended any further same-sex unions the next week. Although Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said the marriages were legal at the time, he announced the state will not recognize any rights or benefits resulting from those unions while the appeal is pending. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, however, announced the marriages will receive federal recognition.