Call Senate JPR Members Now - End Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes

Feb 15th, 2022

This week the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is expected to vote on SB33.
Marriage Should Not Be a Defense to Sex Crimes

Currently, Maryland law allows marriage to be a defense to some sex crimes. This archaic law means that married people have less protection from sex crimes than unmarried people.

Getting married should not mean that you give up your right to control your own body.  It's time to move Maryland out of the dark ages and firmly reject the notion that marriage is an irrevocable and continual consent to offensive sexual touching.

Please ask members of the Senate JPR Committee to
vote favorably on SB33 
to give justice to survivors of marital rape and sex offenses 



William C. Smith Jr., Chair (District 20, Montgomery County)
Phone: (410) 841-3634 | (301) 858-3634
E-mail: [email protected]

Jeff Waldstreicher, Vice Chair (District 18, Montgomery County)
Phone: (410) 841-3137 | (301) 858-3137
E-mail: [email protected]

Jack Bailey (District 29, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties)
Phone: (410) 841-3673 | (301) 858-3673
E-mail: [email protected]

Jill P. Carter (District 41, Baltimore City)
Phone: (410) 841-3697 | (301) 858-3697
E-mail: [email protected]

Robert Cassilly (District 34, Harford County)
Phone: (410) 841-3158 | (301) 858-3158
E-mail: [email protected]

Shelly Hettleman (District 11, Baltimore County)
Phone: (410) 841-3131 | (301) 858-3131
E-mail: [email protected]

Michael J. Hough (District 4, Frederick and Carroll Counties)
Phone: (410) 841-3704 | (301) 858-3704
E-mail: [email protected]

Susan C. Lee (District 16, Montgomery County)
Phone: (410) 841-3124 | (301) 858-3124
E-mail: [email protected]

Charles E. Sydnor III (District 44. Baltimore City & Baltimore County)
Phone: (410) 841-3612 | (301) 858-3612
E-mail: [email protected]

Ron Watson (District 23, Prince George's County)
Phone: (410) 841-3631 | (301) 858-3631
E-mail: [email protected]

Chris West (District 42, Baltimore County)
Phone: (410) 841-3648 | (301) 858-3648
E-mail: [email protected]

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