A 27-year-old straight man and father of two in Sioux Falls, S.D., suffered a head injury after telling a passing woman that using the word "faggot" was "rude," according to Sioux Falls news station KELO-TV.
Drew Bartscher says he and two friends were leaving Wiley's Tavern in Sioux Falls just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, when he heard a woman use an antigay slur to refer to men she perceived as gay.
"I hear a woman... make a comment to her boyfriend," Bartscher told the local news station. "Along the lines of, 'These F-ing F-words,' referring to homosexuals."
Bartscher said he was polite, but did confront the woman and told her "it's rude" to use such derogatory language.
"Then I hear this guy yell at me, 'What the F did you say to my girlfriend?!'" Bartscher recalled. "I turned just a little bit and then the next thing I know, my friends are picking me up off the sidewalk, [because] I had gotten punched pretty good."
KELO reports that Bartcher did report the assault to police, though no suspects have been detained.
The 27-year-old straight father of two has a black eye, a lingering headache, and aching teeth, but he says he wouldn't change his actions. In fact, he'll probably keep speaking out for LGBT people, including his friends and family, he told the local news network.
In posting photos of his injuries to social media just after the assault, Bartcher captioned the images with the words, "Stand up for what you believe in. Love everyone."
Watch KELO's report below.