Do we need a separate law for LDS as well? Did state courts consider the religious defense in the charges of LDS leaders facilitating marriages of under age girls, as well as charges of spousal rape which occurred in those marriages?
Perhaps our laws need to catch up to treating "spousal rape" the same as rape? No matter what the offenders religion is?
The National Center for Victims of Crime - Library/Document Viewer
The states made progress in the past 20 years toward eliminating exemptions for sex offenders who are married to their victims. However, differences in the treatment of rape of a spouse from that of non-spousal rape remain. These include: reporting requirements, requirements that the offender use force or threat of force, and the fact that some offenses contain exemptions for spouses. States may want to consider the status of their spousal rape laws and amend them to create protections for victims of spousal rape equal to those for other victims of sexual assault.