You all asked for amendments in state constitutions banning gays from marrying and about 12 of you states got it. One of the side effects is that lawyers are paid to find loopholes opened by new laws and they’ve found a huge hole in Ohio’s ban on gay marriage. The new Amendment states the following:
Section 11. Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.
You see that last sentence there? It’s causing a bunch of problems for prosecuters in domestic dispute cases.
In at least two cases last week, the Cuyahoga County public defender’s office has asked a judge to dismiss domestic-violence charges against unmarried defendants. The attorneys in the two cases argue that the charges violate the amendment by affording marriage-like legal status to unmarried victims who live with the people accused of attacking them.
If these defense attorneys win dismissals then you better run for cover, because victim’s rights advocates will be on the war path to get this and similar amendments removed from the books. You see what happens when you try and create double standards? Eventually, in a free country, they can turn on you.