Republican leaders quash consent bill once again


Apparently "No!" means "Just go right ahead."

For the fourth time, a bill that would close a loophole in North Carolina law when it comes to consent is dead. And Jeff Jackson, the state senator who has filed it four times, is beyond frustrated.

"I wish we could say we were confused at this point except at this point we know," Jackson said. "A couple of years ago you could say, 'Maybe these guys just don’t understand the issue.' You can't give them the benefit of the doubt anymore. This is purposeful." The "guys" Jackson is referring to are Republican state lawmakers. The issue is being able to revoke consent during sexual intercourse.

"Sexual behavior" is one of the broadest terms that could be used, ranging from timid to violently aggressive. There is no way to know how somebody will act once they've fallen into that primal zone, and it's nothing short of insane to posit that a woman who suddenly finds a hand wrapped around her neck, slowly tightening, does not have a legal right to extricate herself from that situation. Here's more from Jeff Jackson:

"There are guys who have a problem with closing this loophole, and they will never say so publicly because they would be shamed, but they can kill it privately and that’s the best of both worlds as far as they are concerned because they can keep it from coming up for a vote without their fingerprints on it," Jackson told WFAE's Sarah Delia.

When asked why, Jackson responded: "Because they are opposed to it." When asked why Republicans would oppose such legislation, Jackson responded: "Because of deep social conservatism among a handful of members."

Wives should submit to their husbands, yada yada. Nonsense like that has been preached from the pulpits of not just fundamentalist Christian churches, but mainstream Baptists as well.

You can believe what you want to believe, but when that bent ideology crosses over into the courtroom, I have a huge problem with that.