Call Your Senator Now: End Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes

Mar 15th, 2023

Ask the Senate to vote favorably on SB 129

Last night, SB129, the bill to repeal the archaic law making marriage a defense to sex crimes, unanimously passed the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee without amendment! Thank you to Senator Ariana Kelly for her leadership to get this done. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.

Call now to ask the Senate
to vote favorably on SB129:
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 your Senator
to vote for SB129
to give justice to survivors of marital rape and sex offenses.

You can find your Senator here, along with their contact information.

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