But it’s not abstract. There are real-world consequences to enacting legislation that seeks to restrict the equality of one group as severely as possible.
An Ohio man's domestic violence conviction was voided last week because he wasn't married to the woman he abused. Dallas McKinley was convicted of a fourth-degree felony after he pushed his girlfriend, hit her and threw objects at her. The ruling, as it stands, leaves prosecutors with the option of seeking a lesser charge.Getting whacked in the noodle by random objects launched by a drunken beau who legally has the right to do so is about as concrete as it gets.
This is all because the state of Ohio would rather allow domestic violence without consequences than let gay couples get married. The state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage has made domestic violence law only applicable to married couples.