Minnesota Senate Votes to Eliminate ‘Marital Rape Exception’

St. Paul, Minn. –  Today, the Minnesota Senate voted to eliminate a defense that prevents people who rape a spouse or domestic partner from being prosecuted for criminal sexual conduct. The legislation, HF 15, was co-authored by Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) and passed with unanimous support.

“It is far past time to right the wrong of the marital rape exception,” said Senator Bigham. “Victims of rape deserve justice and perpetrators of this action must be held accountable despite whatever their legal association is with their victims.”

The legislation will go into effect beginning July 1st.

Karla Bigham represents District 54 in the southeast Twin Cities metro, including parts of Dakota and Washington counties.

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