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New domestic abuse protections under fire for excluding gay couples

Joseph McCormick August 13, 2015

New laws to protect victims of domestic violence are under fire in South Carolina, as they don’t protect unmarried same-sex couples.

Protections were ramped up by the bill, including increased penalties for domestic violence offenders who cohabit with the victim.

Despite protecting a specified list of victims, it does not specifically define same-sex couples.

The state Supreme Court has been asked by two attorneys to declare the law unconstitutional.

The request was made on Wednesday, as a court in Richland County refused to protect a woman who was abused by her ex-fianceé.

One of the attorneys, Bakari Sellers, who is a former state representative, confirmed to the WIS that the request has been made.

More: domestic violence, Law, Protection, South Carolina, US

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