Republican Lawmaker: Is It Really Rape To Have Sex With An Unconscious Person? (VIDEO)

Utah is currently passing a bill to make clear that an unconscious person cannot consent to sex.  Seems like a no-brainer right? Not for this Republican.

As Representatives of the Utah House debated the bill in committee stage on Tuesday, Brian Greene presented a series of questions that simply beggar belief.

“It looks to me now that sex with an unconscious person is by definition rape. I hope this would not happen but this opens the door to if an individual has sex with their wife if she is unconscious… A prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape.”

Greene seems keen to ensure that men and women who like to have sex with their partners without their consent, while they are asleep, can continue to do so unfettered by the law.

This is not a theoretical scenario.  British woman Sarah Tetley was raped and secretly filmed by her husband Charlie, an estimated 300 times, and only discovered the abuse after she woke up in the middle of an attack.  According to Greene, her husband should not have faced legal consequences for this violation of her body and her trust.

Greene also failed to consider the the use of date-rape drugs such as alcohol, ketamine, and rohypnol which can easily render a person unconscious.

Is anyone else a little disappointed that this is something we need to explain to adults? It should bother us all that an elected lawmaker has trouble understanding that having sex with an unconscious person is wrong.

Thankfully, despite his initial misgivings, the bill passed unanimously, and will now be debated by Utah legislature.

“This is something that’s been a long time coming,” the bill’s sponsor Angela Romero said after the meeting. “At the end of the day, if someone’s unconscious or they’re a vulnerable adult, then the logical answer is: Don’t try to have a sexual relationship with them.”