Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bad Laws for Bad People

Ohio recently passed an anti-gay marriage bill which is now being used by those who beat their domestic partners. It seems that the law would make it impossible for anyone who was not legally married to receive the benefits of marriage, one of which would, apparently, be the right not to be beaten by your live-in lover:

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.

It's nice to see that a law that was passed to support narrow-minded bigotry can also be used to justify assaulting women! Ohio's legislature got a two-fer! It's efficient and evil!

And let's not forget that the basis for "defending" marriage is a book that was written thousands of years ago as a compilation of the wisdom of some smelly, violent, largely ignorant desert nomads. What better sourcebook for modern legislation?


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