Efforts to finish what California lawmakers name an archaic distinction between spousal rape and different types of sexual assault seem to have stalled for the yr.
The 2 measures would have ended the spousal rape exception within the state’s prison code, which means that the rape of a partner can be handled and punished the identical because the rape of a non-spouse.
California is one in all 11 states that distinguish between spousal rape and different types of sexual assault.
Neither invoice acquired a committee listening to earlier than final week’s deadline.
Sen. Dave Cortese pulled his laws as a result of the Senate Public Security Committee proposed amendments that advocates felt would contradict its intent. He turned his measure right into a two-year invoice, saying he and supporters will work on the language earlier than transferring ahead subsequent yr.
His fellow Democrats, Meeting members Cristina Garcia and and Evan Low, objected Monday to their model of the invoice not getting a listening to in that chamber’s public security committee.
They known as for a listening to regardless that the deadline has handed. They had been backed by California NOW, a gender fairness group, and 4 progressive district attorneys, together with these in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“Not offering AB 812 a listening to straight contradicts the urgency to modernize our penal code to be line with our values and clarify that no means no,” Garcia stated in a press release. “Present spousal rape statutes say that in California, a wedding license permits a partner to violate each the physique and the dignity of a non-consenting partner with minimal accountability.”
The committee’s chairman, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, additionally a Democrat, didn’t reply to a request for remark.