Goodman Champions Bill To Outlaw All Forms of Marital Rape

House Bill 1108 would remove the spousal exemption from third-degree rape in Washington state.

State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) is a key sponsor behind a bill that would outlaw all forms of marital rape in Washington.

As the Associated Press reports, House Bill 1108 would remove a spousal exemption that remains on the books for third-degree rape—rape in which no physical force was used. Since the 1970s, most other states have removed the exemption for all forms of rape, according to the AP.

Do you support the removal of all marital rape exemptions? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments section.

"There is no such thing as legitimate rape," Goodman told the AP, borrowing a now-infamous phrase from former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. "We have to get rid of this marital rape exception and catch up with the rest of the country."

Washington state ended its spousal exception for first- and second-degree rape in 1983.

The state house of representatives held a public hearing on the bill earlier this week; Goodman, who represents the 45th Legislative District (which covers part of Woodinville), told the AP he is confident the legislation will make it out of the house and senate and end up on Gov. Jay Inslee's desk for final approval.

Edward A. January 31, 2013 at 11:48 PM
According to 1 Corinthians 7:3-5, you don't get to decide when to yield to your spouse's advances. However, it goes both ways. Men don't get to say "no" either. Unless both parties agree, you have no choice. Relevant verses: "The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control."
Aerin Kaiser February 01, 2013 at 09:23 PM
@EdwardA the bible is talking about intimate relations with a spouse... not violence. Sex and rape are two different things. There is nothing in the bible that states a man is entitled to rape his wife. As a matter of fact, it suggests that you love her as Christ loved the church. I can't imagine Jesus abusing or raping the church.
Edward A. February 02, 2013 at 07:07 AM
I was actually just kidding, which I figured would be obvious. Of course we don't believe the Bible condones marital rape today, because we have become enlightened about most forms of spousal abuse. But for hundreds of years many people pointed to those three verses to explain why the very idea of marital rape was a logical impossibility, which is why exemptions like this exist in our laws in the first place. Human moral standards change, and we have to go back and reinterpret our holy books when they do. It makes you wonder which behaviors people cling to today, with religious fervor, that our culture will find embarrassing in the future. “No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.” (George Bernard Shaw)


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