Court: Law Not In Conflict With Gay Marriage Ban - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Court: Law Not In Conflict With Gay Marriage Ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that Ohio's domestic violence laws do not conflict with the state's ban on gay marriage.

In a six-to-one decision, justices rejected the argument that the domestic violence law is unenforceable in cases involving unmarried couples because it refers to them as living together "as a spouse."

Chief Justice Thomas Moyer says in the majority opinion that lawmakers included many groups under the domestic violence law, not just unwed couples.

Moyer says describing people's living arrangements isn't the same as creating a law approximating marriage.

The ban prohibited the government from creating any such approximation.

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