“Our amendment is much broader. It says you can’t recognize or validate these relationships at all.” In the absence of any legal recognition, unmarried couples — whether gay or straight — could conceivably see courts invalidate their domestic violence protections. Eichner says it would depend on how judges read the amendment, but a broad interpretation is certainly possible. “What we have here is untested language that would need to be interpreted by the courts,” Eichner said. “On its face, it would be interpreted with far-reaching effects.” In August, he likened gay marriage to both incest and polygamy. Between 2005 and 2007, Ohio’s courts heard cases wherein some defense attorneys successfully argued that domestic violence protections could not apply to unmarried couples. North Carolina marriage amendment will ban civil unions for gay and straight couples LOVE the USMB Republicans: We don't hate the gays. I guess just their party does. The burning question? Whose next? Who will Republicans screw over next? Mitt is in North Carolina. What does Mr. Etch a Sketch have to say? Or is this his first "etch a sketch" moment?