domestic violence

DoJ Rules: While Gay Marriage Licenses Can’t Cross State Lines, Protection Orders Do

The Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994? No longer only applies to women! Or heterosexuals! The Justice Department concluded in a newly published opinion that stalking, harassment, and domestic violence involving same-sex relationships can be prosecuted under the law that’s generally been reserved for female victims targeted by male assailants, even though the law uses the word “spouse” in its verbiage, and we all know what the federal government thinks of such things under DOMA.