First male same-sex couple married at West Point attacked in New York
NEW YORK — New York police are searching for a man who randomly attacked the first male same-sex couple to be married at the United States Military Academy at West Point, authorities said Tuesday.
Daniel Lennox-Choate and Larry Lennox-Choate, both former West Point cadets, were shopping at a small grocery store in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood Sunday afternoon when they found themselves the target of anti-gay obscenities, police said.
A man, believed to be in his 40s, had entered the store to buy beer, but then began making homophobic statements at the couple, leading to a verbal dispute, according to police.
The man then struck Daniel in the face, causing minor injuries to his mouth, before fleeing on a gray bicycle, police said.
Larry wrote about the incident on Facebook Sunday, stating “we refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time.”
The NYPD said it is investigating the incident as a “bias assault.” No arrests have yet been made.
“It’s hard to believe that in 2015 we would have to deal with anti-gay hate crimes in [S]oho of all places but that’s what happened today,” noting that he defended his husband and that the man “left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs,” Larry wrote.
Daniel Lennox-Choate graduated West Point in 2007, Larry graduated in 2009. They were married at the military academy’s Cadet Chapel in November 2013.