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March-28-97

Kentucky State Senator Seeks to Exclude Lesbian and Gay Couples from Domestic Violence Law

Kentucky State Senator Tim Philpot advocates an amendment to the Kentucky domestic violence law which would exclude lesbian and gay couples from its protection. Currently, the law covers unmarried couples who live together, formerly lived together or have a child in common, spouses and some relatives. The law wont be heard until 1998, but Philpot is already pushing the amendment and domestic violence protection advocates are pushing back. Sherry Currens of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association commented, "Clearly we need to focus on the need for safety and that all people have the right to safety that are victims, no matter what their (sexual) orientation is. This is a witchhunt. I mean, were losing perspective here.

Media Resources: The Lexington Herald Leader (Go True Blue) - March 28, 1997]