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Gay couple attacked, beaten on Asheville street after called gay slurs

Sunday, October 14, 2012

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A gay couple from Charlotte, N.C. said they were attacked and beaten on the street during a recent visit to Asheville, and claim they were attacked because they’re gay.

Mark Little (via: WBTV)

Mark Little and Dustin Martin said they like to visit Asheville in part because of the city’s gay-friendly reputation, but the Sept. 23 attack has left them shaken.

The couple said they were walking along a street in the early morning hours of Sept. 23 when a car pulled up beside them, and two women inside began shouting gay slurs, reported the Asheville Citizen-Times.

“Dustin had enough of the name calling and told them to stop,” Little said. “That’s when the back door opened and a black guy got out and hit him in the chest four times.”

“I screamed for him to stop, and he hit me in the face on the left side, and blood went everywhere. I was lying on the concrete.”

The assailant reportedly got back into his vehicle and it quickly drove off.

Watch a report from WBTV-TV:

Sgt. Dave Romick said the case was assigned to two detectives, but no arrests have been made and the investigation continues, he said.

Little said he and his partner are concerned police aren’t taking the crime seriously.

North Carolina’s hate crimes law does not cover sexual orientation.

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  1. That’s so bs that this happened

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:35pm
  2. Disgusting. When churches gay bash, it sends a message that’s acceptable. I put this right on Pat Robertson’s doorstep.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:36pm
  3. A darn shame!!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:37pm
  4. That’s horrible. I hope the couple will be okay. D:

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:37pm
  5. Until the GOP stops protecting hate and the people that decimate it. These attacks will continue.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:37pm
  6. dislike!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:38pm
  7. Sad that this happened, but the advocate has them quoted as saying 1 man got out of the vehicle and beat both of them, why did the story change?

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:38pm
  8. so sad just like bullying in schools whats next bulling at work places

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:39pm
  9. I wish someone would try and attack my future WIFE and I. Bad day for them. It may not be the same day it happened, but everyone who does stuff like this will get what’s coming to them.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:39pm
  10. despicable!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:39pm
  11. Horrible

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:39pm
  12. A Black guy carried out the assault…….wow……..he should have a read into the history of what his ancestors and fellow black people to this day suffer…..there is an irony in that……

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:39pm
  13. I’m so sick of all of the bullying! Again, I say that sexual orientation is not a choice. Attitude, however, is a choice.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:40pm
  14. BOO!! Hope the attackers get their just rewards

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:41pm
  15. im shocked! Asheville is pretty progressive :( :( :(

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:41pm
  16. This is another reason why we have to vote for Obama again. He was the one adding that kind of situation as hate crime. Vote for Obama!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:42pm
  17. People are so cruel. They need to stop playing god. Just except us for who we are.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:44pm
  18. This is just shameful. Ugh. Pissed me off. I know it is “wrong”, but I wish some gay couple would get attacked and beat the ever loving SHIT out of their attackers.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:44pm
  19. Of course they drove away, cowards. At least we’re proud.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:44pm
  20. Deluded sheep, running about, attacking that which they do not recognize, at the behest of their shepherd. Blindly charging in the direction of his pointed finger.
    The wolves, and the snakes, and the goats, will not abide.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:46pm
  21. PLease keep me updated on this please these attackes have to stop God does not make mistakes. So no one diserves this type of treatment. No matter who it is I hope the attackers got locked up for this hate crime.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:46pm
  22. that’s horrible

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:47pm
  23. i wish i was there to beat the shit out of who ever did that

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:48pm
  24. That’s messed up

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:51pm
  25. Another church group attack?

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:53pm
  26. A terrible crime ! I really wish people would realize the terrible crime of hate!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:54pm
  27. With no protections for people who are LGBTQ, we should not spend a single pennie in NC. Police have no reason to help the Gay community. Stop supporting places where there are no rights. <3 maria <3

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:55pm
  28. No more NC

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:56pm
  29. This should clearly be charged as a hate crime!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:57pm
  30. That is horriable! Did they catch the assholes. Lock them up and throw away the key or let us done the same to them.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:57pm
  31. hate crime

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:59pm
  32. horrible

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:00pm
  33. Conviction and punishment if this is true but my suspicionns are raised when yet again the random “black male” springs out for a completely unprovoked assault. I’m just thinking it through, ya know.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:00pm
  34. …Da fuq -_- Society is twisted and ugly.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:03pm
  35. very horrible…where are the moralists denouncing this kind of hate?

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:03pm
  36. Oh my god….

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:04pm
  37. On behalf of straight and gay couples, we condemn these action. NC needs hate crime legislation now!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:05pm
  38. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:09pm
  39. Horrible and unacceptable!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:09pm
  40. And I’m embarrassed that I live in this state of NC that people act like that!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:10pm
  41. WTF!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:11pm
  42. Hate crime laws help some but Honestly, this shit will NOT stop until “we” start fighting back. Pick up whatever’s right there handy and let fly, rocks, bottles, sticks, a gun if you have it. Make the odds too great that harassing someone will get you messed up and this shit will end.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:11pm
  43. DISLIKE!!!! get well soon :(

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:13pm
  44. If this its true, it’s shameful and the perpetrators should be brought to justice! It’s a damned shame that anyone has to be afraid to walk the streets of any city.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:15pm
  45. >:[

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:27pm
  46. Dislike

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:33pm
  47. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There should be a unified and organized NATIONAL boycott of all companies based in North Carolina. We can show these homophobes that we can make their hatred hurt where they’ll notice it!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:34pm
  48. I can’t hit the like button something like this. My heart goes out to this couple. I have been disgusted with NC since the marriage vote. I believe in karma, these pathetic people will get what they deserve.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:42pm
  49. how awful..AND no hate crime law…tsk tsk!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:53pm
  50. Absolutely horrible….people need to learn to share love not hate

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:55pm
  51. Hope the fuckers get what they deserve for doing this. Hope those two are going to be okay.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:05pm
  52. Thats because the Church teaches hate…

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:06pm
  53. Very sad….

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:07pm
  54. So sad. Geez.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:26pm
  55. Insecure bullies do this sort of thing….cowards!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:50pm
  56. Crap like this is uncalled for and should be stoped now. My thoughts and prayers are with that beautiful couple. It doesn’t matter who you are, no one should ever have to go threw horror like this. Don’t worry though because the ppl that did this, carma is knockin at their door and carma can come back twice as hard.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:55pm
  57. Very sad! I hope our police find out who is doing this, I think our police and sheriff in this area are great professionals.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:55pm
  58. What a shame in 2012 wrf

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 7:02pm
  59. NC, you need to focus more on your hate crime laws. This is not acceptable!!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 7:21pm
  60. This kind of shit has to stop! The only thing people like these attackers are proving is that they’ve never stopped being little boys!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 9:41pm
  61. A hate crime law does not cover sexual orientation?! It should have! This is a shame.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 9:42pm
  62. this shit is gonna only get worse before it gets better. the closer we get to our rights the more the haters fear the change. and they feel safe because we have politicians running for the highest office and every office below that who dont mind saying that its ok to hate us.

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 11:39pm
  63. Absolutely unacceptable. times have changed you ass, so get with them. Why do you insist on harming people that have done nothing to you. They were minding their own damn business and your punk asses come along and not only start with the slurs but then assault them?! Directly to the person who did such an act: You are indeed the lowest of low. I hope your actions are returned to you 100 fold. I pity your souls…. And when you get caught I hope they show no mercy, because you certainly don’t deserve it. You aren’t even worth the amount of text I am putting up here you sad sad little children. To those who were attacked: My deepest condolences. I hope you never have to go through something like that again.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:11am
  64. Sad!! NC needs to get it together… The fact that hate crimes don’t include sexual orientation is sad.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:57am
  65. THIS Disgusts ME!!! SHAME ON THEIR IGNORANCE AND SOULS!!

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3:28am
  66. This crap needs to stop. When do we get protection?? The sad part is more and more states are allowed to carry guns just wait its gonna get worse.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 4:33am
  67. Untill more people see gays as humans also then they will make an effort to stop violence against gays.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:37am
  68. Who thinks this is what God would want???

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:49am
  69. What a shame, totally not acceptable

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 10:45am
  70. This is terrible no wonder so many people don’t come out, such a sad sad world

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:32pm