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Friday, January 28, 2005

Marriage Amendment and Domestic Violence

Here is a story from last weekend's Plain Dealer on the situation. More news from this morning relates that the Cuyahoga County Public Defender argued in front of a Cleveland court yesterday in the hopes of getting a domestic violence charge dropped because the law refers to a "family or household member" defined as "a spouse, a person living as a spouse or a former spouse of the offender." The ACLU said that Ohio voters who approved Issue 1 did not intend to permit unmarried people who live together to abuse one another, and certainly did not intend to encourage domestic violence by passing Issue 1. Cleveland Ordinance 609.07 (within the Family Offenses Chapter) can be found here. You will have to scroll down a bit to see it.

Judge Stuart Friedman of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court heard the arguments yesterday and stated that he would issue an opinion on February 18th. Whichever way this gets decided, expect it to eventually wind up in Columbus, and then probably Washington, D.C.



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