ADDED ON: 10/23/2018

Shandong Domestic Violence Rule Raises Hopes from LGBT

10/23/2018 | Global Times

East China’s Shandong government has released a draft regulation against domestic violence which raised hopes from LGBT groups that has long called on the country’s legislature to revise laws to protect gays from domestic violence. The existing national Anti-Domestic Violence Law, which took effect in March 2016, is applicable to “people living together but are not family.” However, Guo Linmao, a legislative official from the National People’s Congress (NPC) told a news conference after the national law was approved in 2015 that same-sex relationships are not protected by this law. The draft of the Shandong Anti-Domestic Violence Regulation states in Chapter 6 Article 53 that the regulation protects cohabitation relations, raising hopes from some that the legal protection could expand to homosexuals.

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