Dick Black explains his view of a spousal rape bill
In a defensive-sounding email sent Friday, the Dick Black campaign reacted to a Weekly Standard piece that doesn’t consist of much more than the video of Black’s remarks about a 2002 bill to amend Virginia’s spousal rape law: Spousal Rape Defending Republican Considering Running for House
The email claims that “Black was not taking a position for or against marital rape.” While he may not have been literally “taking a position for or against marital rape” during the floor speech captured in the video, it’s difficult to believe that he doesn’t have opinions on the topic. His closest allies on the fringe of “social conservatism” typically take the position that marital rape, by definition, can’t exist. For example, Phyllis Schlafly of Concerned Women for America – the organization for which Mrs. Black is a national lobbyist, and to which Dick Black gave this appalling interview during which he joked that “Concerned Women for America is the women’s organization that likes men” – had this to say in a 2007 campus speech:
By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.
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We Dems expected President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to offend our civil liberties.
We didn’t expect President Barack Obama, the constitutional law professor, to go back on his campaign promise to make a course correction to cure the over-reaching of the Bush Administration.
We were foolish to expect better.
Without regard to partisan coloration, our public officials and our government just can’t stop poking their noses into our private papers and communications.
The Fourth Amendment, by which we are purportedly protected, guaranteed we’d be secure” in our “persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
This guarantee has been rendered almost meaningless by the actions of our government from the federal to the county level. Applications to search and seize are routinely approved by magistrates and judges. The basis for the government’s searches are often kept secret. Continue reading →