Louisiana House votes in favor of amendment to add same-sex couples to domestic abuse protections

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State Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, presents his bill which qualifies partnerships, including same-sex couples, for legal protection and assistance in cases of domestic abuse. The measure was approved 54-42. Photo by Sarah Gamard.

By Sarah Gamard

The Louisiana House voted 54-42 Tuesday and sent to the Senate an amendment to state law that would qualify same-sex couples for legal protection and assistance in cases of domestic abuse.

House Bill 27 by Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, applies to partners who are in a sexual or intimate relationship, thus encompassing both opposite-sex married couples and other partnerships.

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