Clément Grobotek and Aaron Cfy were coming out of a nightclub in Montpellier, France, on Tuesday night when they were attacked by six men.
Grobotek told local reporters that the group of six began shouting slurs, beat them up, and ran off. Cfy was unconscious for several minutes.
The couple have filed an official complaint with the local authorities and are currently working with the Montipellier gay and lesbian organization LGP Montpellier.
"We are in 2015, our grandparents accept homosexuality," Grobotek said. "I do not understand people limited to the point that they can't accept it and beat up people for their sexual orientation."
On Wednesday, Grobotek shared a post on Facebook about the incident that has since been shared over 40,000 times. "Kisses to you dear homophobes," Grobotek wrote.
Not only did Grobotek's Facebook post explode in popularity, it also inspired a march in solidarity for the couple in Montipellier next weekend.
After all the attention, Grobotek released a second post about all the reactions he's gotten from strangers all over the world who read his post.
This post has been updated with a translation closer to the original French.
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