Wow. Makes you wonder what would happen if this state took up the question of stomping slugs on a dare. Death penalty?
While I can't speak to the problems of legal and technical language, I can speak to the true-to-his-toothpick-of-a-family-tree problem of Rep. Altman.
My brother lives in South Carolina and doesn't have a hell of a lot to say in defense of the normal resident. He says they are very nice and community-minded, but don't have the sense to come in out of the rain when their officials are backtracking them into the 19th century
...or, in many cases, just keeping them there.
But how much can you really say for a state (in general, that is) that blames liberals for the Supreme Conservative Court's repeated decisions to uphold Roe v. Wade, but says it's God's Will when a hurricane slams into them and flattens everything in sight (while running to the feds immediately for a handout so that they can continue living there)? If Terri Schiavo were a gamecock would she still be at the SPCA on life support?
Women are beaten around this "great" nation of ours always, every day, in every state, in every way. Do many of them return to their partners despite that? Yes, they do. One thing the article doesn't touch on as a reason for their returning is that many of these women believe they love the men who beat them. For whatever reason. Plus, they tend to blame themselves for the violence inflicted upon them. All it takes is a suppressed or abusive upbringing and the fear of losing any and all "stability" they feel they need in Society's eyes or their own and we have a recurring theme. Add to that almost non-existent counseling with any muscle in most states and you have the recipe for blamchowder.
Any person who claims that any woman who goes back to the man who beat them is dumb or "not bright" is a moron, pure and simple. This person is a person who most likely doesn't think twice when a friend grabs a woman-not-his-wife at a party, probably thinks 'well, that's what she gets for dressing like that". Don't like it? Then leave or change to suit your husband's needs.
Hey, I have a bill for everyone: all state representatives who think gamecocking is more egregious than domestic abuse should be forced to spend one month in a women's prison with a sign around their neck that reads "I Hate Gamecocks, But I Loooooove Any Other Kind".