June 27, 2011 Articles

LGBT Litigators Confront Violence in the Heartland

By J. Kendall Seal

The experiences of intimate violence among people of different cultures, races, and sexual orientations raise questions not only whether domestic violence is a matter of gender or power, but even more fundamentally whether comprehensive theories can explain the phenomena of battering.

—Nancy Levit and Robert R.M. Verchick, Feminist Legal Theory 195 (New York Univ. Press 2006)

Parker Fernandez is like a lot of guys in his twenties. He attends college at the public university in a rural community near the town where he grew up. He works a 40-hour-plus job. He runs and lifts weights to stay in shape. Parker also happens to be gay. He has been dating a bisexual man, Mark Stevens, who is about 10 years older than he is. Mark has access to considerable financial resources and has relationships with powerful political figures in the community, or so he tells Parker.

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