State Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, presents his bill which qualifies partnerships, including same-sex couples, for legal protection and assistance in cases of domestic abuse. The measure was approved 54-42.
The Louisiana House voted 54-42 Tuesday and sent to the Senate an amendment to state law that would qualify same-sex couples for legal protection and assistance in cases of domestic abuse.
House Bill 27 by Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, applies to partners who are in a sexual or intimate relationship, thus encompassing both opposite-sex married couples and other partnerships.
The measure also applies to partners who have had relationships in the past.
Connick said HB27 only aims to be more inclusive for nontraditional couples and was not an attempt to redefine traditional marriage.