The Ohio Supreme Court today released its decision in State v. Carswell, the case in which a domestic violence defendant claimed that the gay marriage ban overturns that part of the domestic violence statute that applies to cohabiting, unmarried couples. H/t to Equality Ohio who just sent me an email alert.
The result is not surprising -- the Court upholds the DV statute notwithstanding the new amendment. Here's the syllabus:
- The term “living as a spouse” as defined in R.C. 2919.25 merely identifies a particular class of persons for the purposes of the domestic-violence statutes. It does not create or recognize a legal relationship that approximates the designs, qualities, or significance of marriage, as prohibited by Section 11, Article XV of the Ohio Constitution.
I'll try to take it in and write a more detailed post later. I'm kid-free for the next day or so and might actually be able to do some substantive blogging.