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(hat tip to Daily Kos)
Alicia Sears Castillon was murdered recently by her boyfriend. She had tried to gain a protection order, but in March 2005, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the state's newly passed marriage amendment barred the state from "recognizing a relationship other than marriage," which included heterosexual unmarried couples. Since granting an unmarried woman a protection order would constitute "recognizing" the relationship, un-married women in Ohio (and potentially any state with a marriage amendment) lost domestic violence protection.