Tennessee DA Won’t Prosecute LGBTQ Domestic Violence

If you’re LGBTQ and a victim of violence in Coffee County, Tennessee, don’t count on officials to stand up on your behalf. District Attorney Craig Northcott is letting his homophobia rather than the law guide him, and he’s declared that he wouldn’t get involved in a same-sex domestic violence case.

DA Northcott’s “rationale” for this position is that he doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage, which he says was enacted by “five people in black dresses” – a disrespectful way to the Supreme Court and an apparent swipe at the masculinity of the men on the court.

“The reason that there’s enhanced punishment on domestic violence is to recognize and protect the sanctity of marriage,” said Northcott. “There’s no marriage to protect, so I don’t prosecute them as domestics.”

At the risk of poking holes into an argument that never carried any weight in the first place, it’s not as if domestic violence laws only apply to married couples. Relatives and people who cohabitate or are involved in an intimate relationship also qualify, so it’s not as if Northcott needs to see LGBTQ couples as married to do his damn job.

The problem, of course, is that Northcott doesn’t care about his job description. He advised other legal professionals to ignore laws not ordained by God, then boasted that district attorneys have the flexibility to decide what to prosecute, including murder. “It’s our choice, unfettered, so to deal with that you elect a good Christian man as DA,” said Norchott, signaling that it’s not a crime if he doesn’t choose to see it that way.

Unsurprisingly, this controversy isn’t even the first one Northcott has faced in the past month. He recently posted to his Facebook page that all Muslims are evil, and that they are unworthy of constitutional rights.

“There are God-given rights protected by the constitution,” said Northcott. “If you don’t believe in one true God, there is nothing to protect. No one other than God has given us any rights.” (He refused to apologize for or back down from his Islamophobic comments, by the way.)

If there’s ever a time to remind people of the separation between church and state, this would be it. The U.S. Constitution applies to people of all faiths, not just the one that the district attorney prescribes to. The notion that he would believe anyone – be it Muslims or LGBTQ partners – is somehow less deserving of the full protections of the law make him entirely unfit for holding a job as important as district attorney.

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danii p
danii p4 hours ago

Tyfs

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danii p
danii p4 hours ago

Tyfs

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danii p
danii p4 hours ago

Tyfs

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Lizzy Q
Lizzy Qyesterday

many thanks

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Olivia H
Olivia Hyesterday

Horrible

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Diane E
Diane E2 days ago

Violence is violence whatever the cause. Prosecute all violent offenders. Give aid to all victims.

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Diane E
Diane E4 days ago

All domestic violence victims need protection and justice.

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Richard B
Richard B5 days ago

Thanks for posting this

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Adele E Zimmermann

This sorry excuse for a human being should be removed from office - recall petition, impeachment, or just forced to resign by public opinion. Unfortunately, he probably represents the majority opinion of his constitutientu

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Joan E
Joan E8 days ago

This is wrong.

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