An Atlanta gay couple is recovering from serious burns inflicted by a family member.

On February 12, Anthony Gooden, 23, and Marquez Tolbert, 21, were sleeping at Gooden's apartment which he shares with his mother when the man she is dating, 48-year-old Martin Luther Blackwell, spotted the pair sleeping on a mattress in the living room.

“We woke up to boiling water,” Tolbert said. “I started screaming uncontrollably and I was pulled out of the house. We ran to the neighbors and called the police.”

Blackwell reportedly told the police that he “poured a little hot water” on the men because “they was stuck like two hot dogs.”

“They'll be alright. It was just a little hot water,” Blackwell told investigators.

Both men were hospitalized; Tolbert, who underwent a skin graft, for 10 days and Gooden for five weeks.

Tolbert told Channel 2 Action News that the pain was unbearable: “It's just like it's excruciating 24 hours a day.”

Blackwell is currently being held without bond.