Anti-Gay Beating Victim’s Family Disavows Notion That Victim’s Death Related To Sexual Orientation

After enduring a brutal gay-bashing, a teenager from Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) hometown — 19-year-old Marcellus Richard Andrews — died from his injuries last Sunday. Though his unidentified assailants reportedly screamed “faggot” and other anti-gay slurs at him during the attack, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) insisted that there is no link between anti-gay views and the beating. Now, the police will not declare the beating a hate crime. Citing “bad blood” between the victim and another party and the fact that the victim’s family members are now insisting the victim was not gay, the police insist the attack did not occur “because of his persuasion or the perception of his persuasion.” But as the local NAACP vice president Jim Day notes, “Gay or not, perceived as gay still ends up being a hate crime under those conditions.” “Perception of gay and being gay still both qualify,” he added.