Two people were
arrested on Saturday and were scheduled to appear in
court on Tuesday for the April 6 attack on two gay men
vacationing in St. Martin, reports TheMiamiHerald. A man and a woman, both French St. Martin
residents, were arrested, and more arrests are
expected, said chief prosecutor Taco Stein.
Gay CBS staffer
Ryan Smith, 25, and a friend of his, producer Dick
Jefferson, were attacked outside a bar on the Caribbean
island by a small group who chased them down,
yelled antigay slurs, and smashed their heads with a
tire iron. Jefferson had to undergo surgery on his head but
was released from the hospital a short time later. Smith,
whose injuries were more severe, has been in and out
of the hospital ever since.
Smith and his
boyfriend are living in Miami Beach, Fla., while he
undergoes weeks of treatment for his brain injuries. He has
trouble speaking and writing, but his thought process
and memory seem fine.
The attack has
caused some activists to question whether gay and lesbian
travelers should visit the Caribbean, the Herald
reports. "It is time for Americans to reassess their
relationship with islands such as Jamaica, St. Martin, and
the Bahamas. Either they welcome all of us or none of us.
But these 'paradises' can no longer be playgrounds for
heterosexuals and hunting grounds for homosexuals,''
national gay activist and Fort Lauderdale native Wayne
Besen recently wrote on his blog. (The Advocate)