The gaily grind reports:

Two Dutch lawmakers arrived at work holding hands today in solidarity with a gay couple brutally attacked over the weekend in the Netherlands.

In response to the attack, journalist Barbara Barend called on all men in the Netherlands to hold hands in public in a show of support.

D66 party leader Alexander Pechtold and party member Wouter Koolmees responded to the call by holding hands today for negotiations on the formation of a new Dutch government.

“Getting roughed up because you love each other is too horrible for words,” LGBT interest organization COC wrote in a letter.

The organization is calling for more severe punishments for anti-LGBT violence and for more information classes at schools to prevent such violence. They want the next government to give “top priority” to combating violence against LGBT people.

Pechtold told Het Parool he “absolutely” agrees with the COC’s call.