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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Domestic Violence in Ohio

Man, stuff like this makes me sick. Ohio's hatred for gays has become so intense it's made them blind to justice.

In case that has been closely watched by lawyers across the country an Ohio appeals court has ruled that domestic violence charges cannot be laid in cases where the couple is unmarried because of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Opponents of the ban, passed in 2004, warned that it was so poorly worded it could be used to deny rights to unmarried opposite sex couples.

Since then prosecutors in several Ohio counties have refused to lay charges in cases of domestic violence involving non married opposite-sex couples.

An appeals court on Friday reaffirmed that, ruling that the state's Ohio's 25-year-old domestic violence law is in conflict with the marriage amendment.

The amendment states that Ohio cannot "create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals."

In a case involving a woman charged with domestic violence against her boyfriend the 2nd District Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's dismissal of the charge based on the amendment. [link]

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