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State court: Domestic violence law unfair to gay couples

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

A law that perhaps unintentionally failed to protect domestic violence victims in same-sex relationships appears to be unconstitutional, and now South Carolina's high court is trying to decide what to do.
    
The court was asked to weigh in after a woman tried to get a protective order against her former fiancée, also a woman, and was denied.
    
The law defines "household members" as a spouse, former spouse, people with a child in common, or men and women who are or have lived together - but not unmarried same-sex couples.
    
Attorney Bakari Sellers argued in court Wednesday the domestic violence provision can be changed to include all couples.
    
The court will rule later, likely in a few months.

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