End Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes

Jan 13th, 2023

Ask the House Judiciary Committee to support HB4

The House Judiciary Committee has a hearing this Thursday, January 18th on legislation ending marriage as a defense to sex crimes. 
Call members of the Judiciary Committee and ask them to support HB4.

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 Judiciary Committee to
support HB4
to give justice to survivors of marital rape and sex offenses 


MARYLAND HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Leadership:

Luke H. Clippinger, Chair (District 46, Baltimore City)
Phone: 410-841-3488 | 301-858-3488
E-mail: [email protected]

David Moon (District 20, Montgomery County)
Phone: 410-841-3474 | 301-858-3474
E-mail: [email protected]

Members:
Lauren C. Arikan (District 7, Baltimore County & Harford County)
Phone: 410-841-3334 | 301-858-3334
E-mail: [email protected]

J. Sandy Bartlett (District 32, Anne Arundel County)
Phone: (410) 841-3370 | (301) 858-3370
E-mail: [email protected]

Christopher Bouchat (District 5, Carroll County)
Phone: 410-841-3200 | 301-858-3200
E-mail: [email protected]

Jon S. Cardin (District 11B, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3054 | 301-858-3054
E-mail: [email protected]

Frank M. Conaway, Jr. (District 40, Baltimore City)
Phone: 410-841-3189 | 301-858-3189
E-mail: [email protected]

Charlotte Crutchfield (District 19, Montgomery County)
Phone: 410-841-3485 | 301-858-3485
E-mail: [email protected]

Elizabeth Embry (District 43A, Baltimore City)
Phone: 410-841-3638 | 301-858-3683
E-mail: [email protected]

Robin L. Grammer, Jr. (District 6, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3298 | 301-858-3298
E-mail: [email protected]se.state.md.us

Aaron M. Kaufman (District 18, Montgomery County)
Phone: 410-841-3314 | 301-858-3314
E-mail: [email protected]

Rachel Munoz (District 33, Anne Arundel County)
Phone: 410-841-3510 | 301-858-3501
E-mail: [email protected]

Cheryl E. Pasteur (District 11A, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3448 | 301-858-3448
E-mail: [email protected]

N. Scott Phillips (District 10, Baltimore County)
Phone: 410-841-3358 | 301-858-3358
E-mail: [email protected]

Stuart Michael Schmidt, Jr. (District 33B, Anne Arundel County)
Phone: 410-841-3110 | 301-858-3110
E-mail: [email protected]

Gary Simmons (District 12B, Anne Arundel County & Howard County)
Phone: 410-841-3581 | 301-858-3581
E-mail: [email protected]

Karen Simpson (District 3, Frederick)
Phone: 410-841-3436 | 301-858-3436
E-mail: [email protected]

Kym Taylor (District 23, Prince George's County)
Phone: 410-841-3331 | 301-858-3331
E-mail: [email protected]

Chris Tomlinson (District 5, Carroll County)
Phone: 410-841-3359 | 301-858-3359
E-mail: [email protected]

Karen Toles (District 25, Prince George's County)
Phone: 410-841-3524 | 301-858-3524
E-mail: [email protected]

Nicole A. Williams (District 22, Prince George's County)
Phone: 410-841-3058 | 301-858-3058
E-mail: [email protected]

William Valentine (District 2A, Washington County)
Phone: 410-841-3636 | 301-858-3636
E-mail: [email protected]

Caylin Young (District 45, Baltimore City)
Phone: 410-841-3429 | 301-858-3429
E-mail: [email protected]


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