New domestic abuse protections under fire for excluding gay couples

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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.