It's easy for the facts in cases that receive lots of media coverage to get muddled, especially with the variety of "talking points" that seem to get conveyed through the Internet and other media. Here are some that seem to be getting lost in the Schiavo case.
First, Florida does not recognize common-law marriages, thus it would be problematic to have the Schiavo's marriage annulled on the grounds of bigamy. Second, Mr. Schiavo has been involved with the woman he refers to as his fianc�e since 1997, which is considerably less than 15 years, and seems to make the implications that he started dating her the moment his wife was admitted to the hospital intellectually dishonest. Finally, the whole argument surrounding his current relationship is irrelevant to the actual issue, which is that the courts have clearly showed that Mr. Schiavo, acting as the legal guardian to his wife, has clearly demonstrated that she would not wish to be kept alive artificially.
This is what all of the appeals have been about, and each time they've decided in favor of the original court's ruling. The attempts to get the higher courts to review the case over the last few days have all ended with the courts, up to the Supreme Court decision on Thursday, deciding that there was no basis for reexamining the issues surrounding this case or the original ruling.
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