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Professor Spindelman explains Ohio Supreme Court's Carswell ruling on podcast
July 31, 2007
Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283
Professor Marc Spindelman explains the recently decided Ohio Supreme Court case, State of Ohio v. Carswell, and provides his commentary on this 11-minute podcast. The Court ruled that an Ohio law barring domestic violence against an unmarried person who is living with the offender “as a spouse” merely identifies a class of people who are protected by the statute and does not violate Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban. Spindelman offers his thoughts of the case and describes what implications he believes the decision may have on the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment.
Spindelman, an expert in constitutional law and lesbian and gay rights, has been tracking legal developments involving Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban since before it became law in 2004. He was cited by the media extensively before and after the July 25 Carswell ruling. His most recent article on the case, “State v. Carswell: The Whipsaws of Backlash,” is due out soon.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
Spindelman also published an Opinion Editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in State of Ohio v. Carswell. Spindelman writes that the court’s decision is a great advantage to the state’s lesbian and gay community. “To this extent, at least, Carswell has reopened a future for lesbians and gay men in Ohio, which until recently seemed very, very bleak. Even better, it has done so while affirming women's equality rights. Not a bad day for a conservative court.” Click here to read the Opinion Editorial.