January 20, 2021
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Wednesday saw the contentious debate over legislation that would repeal the spousal exemption from prosecution for rape and other sexual offenses.
At the heart of the matter were questions related to how consent is communicated in marriage.
The legislation, SB02050-Criminal Law–Sexual Crimes–Repeal of Spousal Defense (Love Is No Defense to Sexual Crimes) is sponsored by Sens. Susan Lee (D-Montgomery) and Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Montgomery). Parallel legislation was introduced in the House of Delegates last week. The legislation was previously introduced during the 2020 session.