The LGBT liaison for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is asking the public to be patient as the department investigates the alleged beating of a gay man by two Marines over the weekend.
The FBI confirmed it is investigating the alleged assault on a gay man in Savannah by two U.S. Marines as a possible hate crime under the federal hate crimes law. The Marine Corps is also conducting its own investigation as is the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department.
A gay man in Savannah was attacked early Sunday by two Marines who face misdemeanor battery charges. The alleged victim, however, tells police he was the victim of a hate crime and is disturbed Georgia remains one of only five states without a hate crimes law.
The Savannah Morning News reported today that Keil Joseph Cronauer, 22, and Christopher Charles Stanzel, 23, were arrested in the serious beating of 26-year-old Kieran Daly. Cronauer and Stanzel are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C., the newspaper reported.
The gay Republican activist who stated in a 2003 interview that Karen Handel supports gay adoption and domestic partner benefits told the Georgia Voice that he stands by the quote, and provided email exchanges with the GOP politician that show her desire to win gay support.
Meanwhile, another gay Republican leader noted that the staff of Nathan Deal, who is attacking Handel on gay issues as they battle in the GOP primary for governor, welcomed and helped him when he visited Washington, D.C., for the gay Log Cabin Republicans national conference.
“We will be continuing our support for Karen Handel,” Marc Yeager, then-president of the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans, told Southern Voice newspaper in an article published Aug. 15, 2003. “She demonstrated in her last run that she was supportive of domestic partner benefits, and she’s supported same-sex adoptions on the basis of the best interest of the child.”