The vote of the House Committee on Human Services came after foes said they feared boosting the penalty would provide incentives for a wife to charge rape.
"That's going to be much more likely to happen in a scenario where two people are normally having sexual relations and then, if one person decides for whatever reason that they would like to attack the other person this is a very serious way to get it done," said Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Mesa.
The bill passed the state senate by a 29-1 vote, but now it appears dead in the house of representatives.
Here's what another misogynistic GOP represenative had to say:
Nichols said those benefits "need to be eliminated" if someone is getting a divorce. But short of that, he said it is wrong to impose this kind of penalty when a wife charges rape.
"Why should we take it to a Class 2 felony and put a husband away who's been a good husband for however many years ... based off of something that was OK in a marriage up until that point?"
I'm right with you, Nichols. In fact, let's take it a step further. If someone who's been a good husband for years decide to kill his wife, why should it even be a crime? Aren't women the property of their husbands?
And a few facts (from Sexual Assault Services at George Mason University)
- Eighty-two percent of women raped or sexually assaulted in 1992-93 by a lone offender were victimized by a spouse, ex-spouse, partner, friend, acquaintance or relative. (Bachman and Saltzman, 1995)
- It is estimated that one out of every seven married women has been forced to have sex with her husband. (Rape in Marriage, Russell, D., 1990)
- Spousal rape is often more violent and repetitive than other rape, and it is less commonly reported. (Hampton, 1995)