Cross-posted from lgbtSr.com
This story was all over the news a couple weeks ago, complete with video of a black being beaten and run over by a truck. What many people may not know is that he was also gay, and the mistreatment of his partner is yet another horrific reminder of our inequality in the eyes of the law.
When a pack of white teenagers beat 48-year-old James Craig Anderson within an inch of his life and then finished the job by running him over with a truck in June, they did so because Anderson was black. What the Jackson, Mississippi auto plant worker’s attackers didn’t know is that he was also gay, and that when he died that night he left behind a 4-year-old daughter and a partner of nearly 20 years, James Bradfield.
With the help of attorney Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Anderson’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the teenagers who brutalized him that night. A glaring omission from the plaintiff list in that case is Bradfield. Despite the fact that Anderson spent more than half his adult life with Bradfield by his side, under Mississippi law, same-sex partners have no claim in civil actions.