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Woman attacked after being recognized from gay marriage interview

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A southeastern Michigan woman says three men attacked her after recognizing her a television news interview after she married her same-sex partner.

ypsilanti-townshipThe Washtenaw County Sheriff’s department said the incident occurred Monday when the woman was confronted by three men after she got off a bus near her home near Ypsilanti, Michigan, about 35 miles west of Detroit, reported Reuters.

“Hey bitch, are you that faggot from the news?” the woman recalled one of the men saying to her, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

She was then punched in the face and fell to the ground unconscious, Jackson said.

The woman said she regained consciousness while she was being kicked in the abdomen, and then the men ran off, Jackson said. She was treated at an area hospital for bruises and swelling to her face and abdomen and released, he said.

The woman was married to her same-sex partner March 22 during a brief window when Michigan’s gay marriage ban was struck down and same-sex marriage was allowed. A federal court has suspended that decision.

The sheriff’s department asks anyone with information about the attack to call 734-973-7711.

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