The simple battery charge leveled against gay-rights activist Marc Loveless was dropped July 20, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Loveless was arrested and charged June 25 following an alleged altercation at his South Side office. Loveless, the executive director of the Coalition for Justice and Respect, was alleged to have shoved and grabbed the president of the organization's board of directors, John Hickman, after Loveless was served with a termination letter. Loveless not only denied attacking Hickman but said that he never received such a letter.
In a press release sent July 20, Loveless said, "I am pleased that the simple battery case against me involving former member of the Coalition for Justice and Respect John Hickman has been dismissed."