Utah lawmaker does not understand consent; questions whether sex with an unconscious person is rape

There is a bill in the state of Utah’s legislature that aims to clarify its rape statute by including a provision recognizing that an unconscious person is incapable of giving consent. Seems pretty obvious, right?

Well, some lawmakers in Utah have voiced concerns over the provision. In the video below, Representative Brian M. Greene (R) expresses his worry that a husband who has sex with his unconscious wife could be prosecuted for rape.

Well… yeah! That’s kind of exactly what we’re hoping for here, Rep. Greene!

It seems that Rep. Greene holds some fundamental misconceptions about the nature of consent– He seems to believe that a person’s consent is somehow permanently invoked by the “husband-wife clause” in a relationship such as marriage, and does not have to actually given in each occurrence of intercourse. His statement seems to indicate a belief that a one-time vow of marriage bestows a man with an unequivocal entitlement to his wife’s body whenever he feels like it, regardless of her consent at the time of involvement.

Well, I hate to break it to you, Rep. Greene, but it’s NEVER okay to have sex with an unconscious person, even if she may have agreed to be your wife.