Police in St Cloud, Minnesota, have arrested three men accused of severely beating a gay man because of his sexuality.
The three men, named as Matthew Warren Thomas, 24; Chad Vincent Hands, 21 and Ryan Andrew Frane, 23, were arrested and transported to a county prison.
Police say that they assaulted an unnamed 22-year-old man at around 2:24 on Monday morning. He suffered cuts and bruises to his face and hands, according to the police.
Voters in the state will decide in 2012 whether a constitutional ban is needed after the House and Senate approved a bill.
Minnesota already bans gay marriage but opponents claim the law needs strengthening.