News Collateral Damage From Anti-Gay Marriage Laws
posted by October 16 at 16:36 PMon
Ohio’s domestic-violence law is facing a constitutional challenge by defense attorneys and cultural conservatives who argue that the law conflicts with the state’s two-year-old gay marriage ban.
In a case from Warren County, Michael Carswell says that he shouldn’t be charged with felony domestic violence against his girlfriend because state law conflicts with the constitution. […]
The ban prohibits state or local government from recognizing a legal status for relationships that approximate marriage.
The domestic-violence law, adopted in 1979, specifically covers “persons living as a spouse.”
About 60 domestic-violence cases have challenged the law’s constitutionality.
Citizens for Community Values, the group that led the original anti-gay-marriage campaign, apparently considers abuse a community value: The group filed a brief supporting Carswell.
Via Shakes’ Sis.