Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women Act - NYTimes.com:
"Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women ActBy CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: June 10, 2010
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has decided that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships, a newly disclosed memorandum shows.
In a seven-page legal analysis, David J. Barron, the acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, concluded that federal prosecutors may use the law in cases of interstate stalking and domestic violence regardless of whether the victim or the defendant is a man or a woman."