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York County judge rules same-sex couples protected under domestic violence law

Ruling is the second S.C. case establishing precedent to protect LGBTQ couples’ rights

In the second recent historic ruling coming out of South Carolina, a York County judge has convicted a gay man of domestic violence against his husband. The ruling establishes a precedent nationwide that same-sex couples are entitled to the same protection against abuse as heterosexual couples have.

Trump DOJ files brief undermining transgender student rights

Brief signals a shift in attitude towards LGBTQ legal battles

The Department of Justice under Donald Trump has made an about-face from the Obama days of expanding transgender rights. Two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed amidst heavy protest, the DOJ filed a brief that presents the first hint as to how the new administration will treat LGBTQ rights.