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Video shocker: House Republicans take gloves off on marital rape law

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Tammie’s right, how is the government going to know what someone’s mental state was at some moment in time?

    • Just going out on a limb here but I suspect they would do it the same way they do for every other rape investigation.

      Seriously???

      • I don’t think you understand what’s involved with this law. It will end up completely banning sex (and one attorney says even touching) for a couple where one member has alzheimers or dementia. If you understood the spectrum those two words have, and the on-again, off-again nature of it, you might have a different point-of-view.

        • The mental state is used only to determine the degree of the offense, not the offense itself. Here, the debate is over marriage used as a pure defense on a rape charge. There are other charges to consider, such as assault (in various degrees), as well as battery. Tammie Wilson continues her enigmatic ways in the legislature this year. Her thinking and actions have changed.

          • Testimony to Senate Finance answered these question, period!
            Remember who is fighting this! Matt Claman and Kopp!

  • I hope the Gov calls a special session in the Valley and when he does these little tyrants have to face a crowd of angry citizens every where they go.

  • I started watching the video…
    Made it 3/4 of the way through, then Lance Pruitt clicking his pen was too annoying to watch.
    From the looks on the faces of our legislators is looks as though boredom may be a real concern in Juneau?

    • Steve, I agree with you. Between the pen clicking, others reading and rifling through papers, and the sheer boredom looks does seem to be a real concern. What’s the point of even having debate about any law when they all already know how they’ll be voting?

      • They already know how they’re voting because the argument seems disingenuous. May as well layer some crying infants ontop of the melancholy strings track to get full effect. To me, it looks like a lot of Republicans – who (as a whole) have already failed their constituents by handing power to the Democrats – acting like rebels without a cause and looking to earn some cred in the era of #metoo. Marital rape…is this honestly the kind of issue that warrants attention right now?

        • Agree with BP.

  • What does mental state have to do with consent???? If a person is not able to give consent, sex is not an option!! Period!!

    • I know, right? I have not watched this video, but if a woman (wife) is in a coma, does a man (husband) just get to jump on whenever he feels like it? (or visa versa) Just a question…..
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      Not liking that one bit….

      • For Pete’s sake Garnet, your scenario is not what this is about.
        Perhaps your thinking is that he should be limited to one ride/week, rather than whenever he feels like it.

        • Leave Pete out of it. I know what this is about Bill. It is about consent. Maybe you just can’t read between the lines. I was commenting to and agreeing with Jacquetta. No consent, no sex. How long have you been waiting in the wings to pounce on me?

  • While Alaska has a “line in the sand” determination for young people and consent (16 years), it’s not so easy for older folks when there is say dementia or Alzheimer’s involved. For these patients, it may be easy to say a caregiver (in a dementia home) cannot get consent for sex from them, but it’s much more involved when the caregiver is a spouse in their own home.
    This is not a black and white situation IMO, and mental state is probably a bit part.

  • When one party’s reasonable expectations in marriage are legally denied, divorce is an option. There are other options even worse.
    The law must balance the reasonable rights and expectations of both parties, or relationships can end very messy.

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