The state’s statute regarding domestic violence only applies to those whose abusers are ‘of the opposite sex’

When Sherry Honeycutt Everett was a litigator in North Carolina, she watched her clients’ faces change as she told them that the laws would protect them less because of their sexual orientation.

She was speaking to domestic violence victims, but because they were in same-sex dating relationships, they were not entitled to the protective orders they felt they needed to stay safe. That’s because when it comes to dating relationships, Chapter 50B – North Carolina’s statute regarding domestic violence – only applies to people whose abusers are “persons of the opposite sex”.

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