"We are not treating similarly situated people the same." The law also is causing some confusion among law enforcement in Jefferson Parish, according to the district attorney's office.
Officers have arrested people in same-sex couples on the grounds of a domestic violence violation.
The Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice moved both measures after little discussion.
Same-sex relationships House Bill 27 would allow domestic abuse battery charges to be brought against people who attack their spouse or partner regardless of the victim's sex.
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Current law protects only a person of the "opposite sex," meaning domestic violence laws don't apply to same-sex relationships even if the couple is married. Patrick Connick, R-Harvey, sponsored the bill at the request of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr., his older brother.
The district attorney's office is worried the current law will eventually be overturned as unconstitutional, given the U. Supreme Court's 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
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