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Old 07-18-2006, 05:27 PM   #16
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Domestic violence laws protecting unmarried couples were nullified with these amendments, as it would require bestowing a legal status on an unmarried couple--which was rendered unconstitutional with these amendments. This decision was rendered by the Ohio Supreme Court, not merely by Conyers' personal opinion. However, yes, beating your wife is now the equivalent of a bar fight with a stranger if you want to prosecute.

Ironically, these amendments also make it much more difficult to prosecute polygamy (contrary to all the babble from the Religious Right stating that gay marriage opens the door to polygamy), as these people usually have only one legal marriage. As such, interpreting their additional wives as "common law" violates these amendments. Generally, it now comes down to prosecuting those guilty of statutory rape, as most of these polygamists tend to like underage girls.


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