Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Woman Shot, Killed In Domestic Assault - Who Cares?


A woman is dead and her boyfriend is in custody after a weekend shooting in St. Paul, police said.
I once assumed everyone would see this as a tragedy all Americans want to fight, yet in Time To Address Domestic Violence Abuses by Phyllis Schlafly, she writes:

The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed by President Bush in January without any public debate, but evidence is now surfacing which Congress should have examined before the law was passed. VAWA is a nearly-billion-dollar-a-year extension of one of the major ways that Bill Clinton bought the support of the radical feminists. Why Republicans passed this bill is a mystery. It's unlikely that the feminists who will spend all that money will ever vote Republican.
Is this Ms. Schlafly's way of trying to bring more violent men into the Republican fold? I'd dismiss her as a radical fluke except a known side effect of at least one state's gay marriage ban removes women like the victim in this recent case from protection provided by anti-domestic violence laws.

It's telling to me that I haven't seen a single gay-marriage-ban proponent working to close this gap.


DAYTON, Ohio - A constitutional amendment banning gay marriage bars prosecutors from charging some unmarried people under the state's domestic violence law, a state appeals court ruled.

Friday's decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeals is the first from Ohio's 12 appellate courts to rule that the Defense of Marriage amendment, passed by voters in 2004, means that the domestic violence law does not apply to unmarried people.

Does this mean that those in favor of the gay marriage ban see gay marriage as a greater sin than murder?

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:29 AM   3 comments links to this post


At May 23, 2006 6:03 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella Chester,
Great post and question? Domestic violence is the highest in Alberta! Three women murdered because of no response from police and 911 operators! Sad state of affairs! Take care Holly

At May 25, 2006 9:55 AM, Blogger Heart said...

Hey, Marcella, great post. This is the first I'd heard about this horrendous legislation.

As to those who would ban gay marriage for religious reasons, in fact, most of them would not see murder as a greater sin than gay marriage. A goodly number believe that lesbian and gay people, just like murderers and "rebellious sons" deserve to be stoned. These are some dangerous folks.

You have one of those blogs that is really good but unpretentious and so I have somehow missed it. I am going to add you to my blogroll-- thanks for your hard work.


At August 10, 2006 4:29 AM, Blogger Austin of Sundrip Journals said...

in most states Teens are not covered under the domestic violence laws. Their parents have to step up for them.

I didnt realize that my sexuality means there are some laws that don't apply to me. I knew about insurance and things like that but I didnt realize that protection from the police could be stalled because of my sexuality. What is it just battery then or some slap on the wrist crime to hit me? That is disturbing.



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