Couple Steven Ondo and Jonathan Simcox have filed a lawsuit against the city of Cleveland and its police for discriminating against them because they are gay.

The couple claims they were called anti-gay slurs and humiliated by police officers.

Last April, the couple was approached by an off-duty officer, who was a neighbor, irked by their noisy argument on the street. The officer physically attacked the pair and had them arrested. A SWAT team arrested the men a week later at 5:30AM in their home and denied them a chance to get their pants.

A charge of assaulting an officer was dismissed on October 20.

Ondo, 22, and Simcox, 25, claim that officers repeatedly referred to them as “faggots” and said “faggots don't get to wear pants to jail” during their second arrest. They remained without pants as police drove around making other arrests and while in jail for at least one day.

“They were humiliated and embarrassed,” attorney Dan Chaplin told the AP. “They were shackled to strangers while they were in their underwear and they couldn't leave. And the other guys that were arrested were allowed to get clothes on.”

“It was just a real old-fashioned gay bashing by the Cleveland police department,” he added. (A video report is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)