Marriage Should Not Be a Defense to Sex Crimes or the “Love is No Defense” Act- HB147/SB250

Marriage Should Not Be a Defense to Sex Crimes or the “Love is No Defense”  Act- HB147/SB250

Maryland allows marriage to be a defense to some sex crimes   Like many states, Maryland’s laws were based on the premise that marriage was consent to sex and that, therefore, a man could not rape his wife. Maryland has not yet firmly rejected that antiquated and fundamentally disrespectful concept.    It is time to remove this archaic law from the books.
 
Delegate Michael Malone needs to hear from constituents.  Discussion surrounding this bill last session was a bleak reminder that there is still much work to be done. Please call him and let him know you want to be part of a state that has firmly rejected marriage as a defense in a sex crime.  
 
Delegate Michael Malone

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