Amendment Against Gay Marriage Used as Domestic-Violence Defense

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Unmarried heterosexual couples are discovering an unintended consequence of Ohio's constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

In a number of cases, judges have found that the measure voters approved last November conflicts with the state's domestic-violence law. And they've ruled that it no longer applies to unmarried couples, gay or straight.

The state's appeals courts have been sent at least 15 cases in which domestic violence charges were dismissed as a result.

The executive director of a statewide coalition of domestic-abuse shelters says it's as if half of murderers could suddenly get away with it because of a loophole in the law.

A bill will come before the Ohio legislature this fall that could resolve the issue.

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