Prosecutors in a South Carolina county may bypass magistrates who dismiss domestic violence charges involving same-sex couples.
At least six domestic violence cases involving same-sex couples living together have been dismissed already by prosecutors in the York County for lack of probable cause, the Herald reported.
The prosecutors have allegedly been citing a law in the state that defines a couple as a “man and woman” – which was ruled unconstitutional in 2017.
But during a hearing this week, public defender Jeff Zuschke argued that the ruling applies only to Family Court protection orders, not criminal cases.
He said in court: “There is no evidence that this was a man and woman. We are stuck with the language of the law.”
Prosecutor Jenny Desch said that they may avoid magistrates in these cases and seek a grand jury indictment instead.