MCASA E-lert: Urge Members of the Judicial Proceedings Committee to Rescind Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes

Support Sexual Assault Survivors:
Contact Members of the Judicial Proceedings Committee to Urge Them to Rescind Marriage as a Defense to Sex Crimes


The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hear testimony on Thursday, January 30 on legislation rescinding marriage as a defense to sex crimes.  The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) urges you to contact members of the committee and voice your support for SB 230: Marriage Should Not Be a Defense to Sex Crimes – Love is No Defense Act.

Currently, Maryland law allows marriage to be a defense to some sex crimes. Your legal relationship with another human being should not be an excuse to permit rape.
MCASA asks that you contact the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and urge them to vote favorably on SB 230, the Love is No Defense Act, to give justice to survivors of marital rape and sex offenses.

A list of the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee along with their contact information is below.



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

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

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

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

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

Carroll County:
Justin Ready (D-5)
Phone: (410) 841-3683 | (301) 858-3683
E-mail: [email protected]

Frederick County:
Ronald N. Young (D-3)
Phone: (410) 841-3575 | (301) 858-3575
E-mail: [email protected]

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

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

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

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