"Protecting Marriage" Allows Domestic ViolenceThe "Defense of Marriage Act" passed in Ohio as a desperate attempt to outlaw gay marriage (and more importantly rally conservative voters) has opened the door to exempting live-in couples that aren't married from being charged with domestic violence laws.
The anti gay marriage law says that only married couples will get the benefits and rights of marriage. One of those benefits is being protected by domestic violence laws if they are abused by their spouse. So now live in boyfriends can freely abuse their girlfriends and only be charged with simple assault.
Then again, domestic violence is a sort of "hate crimes" law anyway, so we probably don't even need it anyway.
Maybe people should have thought this through a little more before being so adamant to vote against the evil gays. I'm also awaiting the voiding of all common-law marriages here in Texas. It shouldn't take long for that to come to court too.