Thomson ReutersMarch 7, 2013 19:15
* Bill had difficult road to passage
* "It changed our culture"
* Biden was chief author of original law (Changes attribution of abuse statistics to Justice Department, paragraph 9)
By Deborah Zabarenko
WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, the landmark 1994 law designed to curb domestic abuse, which is now expanded to cover gays, immigrants, Native Americans and sex-trafficking victims.