Calls needed to end marriage as a defense to sex crimes

Mar 01st, 2023

End Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes
Ask the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members to vote favorably on SB 129

New Senator Ariana Kelly has taken up leadership on SB129, the bill to repeal marriage as a defense to sex crimes. The bill been scheduled for a hearing on March 9th.

Call now to ask members of the Judicial Proceedings Committe
to support 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 the Judicial Proceedings Committee to
support SB129
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 (District 18, Montgomery County)
Phone: 410-841-3137 | 301-858-3137
E-mail: [email protected]

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

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

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

Frederick County
William G. Folden (District 4, Frederick County)
Phone: 410-841-3704 | 301-858-3704
[email protected]

Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties
Mike McKay (District 1, Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties)
Phone: 410-841-3565 | 301-858-3565
E-mail: [email protected]

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

Montgomery County
Ariana Kelly (District 16, Montgomery County)
Phone: 410-841-3124 | 301-858-3124
E-mail: [email protected]

Prince George's County
C. Anthony Muse (District 26, Prince George's County)
Phone: 410-841-3092 | 301-858-3092
E-mail: [email protected]

Alonzo Washington (District 22, Prince George's County)
Phone: 410-841-3155 | 301-858-3155
E-mail: [email protected]

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