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South Dakota Tries To Define Domestic Abuse To Exclude Same-Sex Relationships | Care2 Causes

South Dakota Tries To Define Domestic Abuse To Exclude Same-Sex Relationships | Care2 Causes

There have been a lot of qualified victories to celebrate as of late, and South Dakota brings us another one. A bill that specified that couples involved in domestic abuse had to be of opposite sex was killed by the Legislature after concerns that it would discriminate against same-sex couples. Supporters of the bill sought to re-define domestic abuse to try and secure federal funds to prevention programs and claimed to do so they needed to spell out who was protected under state law. But opponents of the bill say they never had any information on the funding at stake and that the bill’s original intent got lost in an effort to wage a culture war. The measure’s initial definition of domestic abuse also included violence between family members or people dating and living together but excluded college roommates who have a fight in their shared living space. Conservatives hav...

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