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.
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer writes in the majority opinion that lawmakers included many groups under the domestic violence law, not just unwed couples.
The action was brought by Michael Carswell of Lebanon, who was charged with the assault of his live-in girlfriend and was later able to get the charge dismissed.
Ohio State University law professor Marc Spindelman says the decision was great news for victims of domestic violence and those who felt the 2004 gay marriage amendment was overly broad.