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Ohio's Gay Marriage Amendment Being Used in Domestic Violence Cases

You knew the bozos voting for this amendment had no idea that it was a blunt club that could be used to knock out more than gay people. The Ohio amendment, aside from defining marriage and outlawing civil unions: ends domestic partnership benefits offered by private companies; and results in the loss of certain rights for unmarried couples, such as property rights, power of attorney, hospital visitation and inheritance. The latest mess affects domestic violence victims. (AP):

Ohio’s new gay marriage amendment is being used by some attorneys to defend unmarried clients against domestic violence charges.

The constitutional amendment that took effect on December first denies legal status to unmarried couples.

In at least two cases last week, the Cuyahoga County public defender’s office asked a judge to dismiss domestic violence charges against unmarried defendants. The attorneys say the charges violate the amendment by affording marriage-like legal status to unmarried victims who live with those accused of attacking them.

Advocates for victims of domestic violence have worried this could happen since the amendment was passed in November. But prosecutors say the notion of dismissing the cases based on this theory is ridiculous.

No, it’s not ridiculous.

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