New N.J. law will remove laws containing demeaning references to women

    In the early 20th century, laws like the one that listed “bastardy, rape, fornication or of having had carnal knowledge of an unmarried female, and the accused person consents to marry such female” as reasons for exempting couple from the 72-hour waiting period marriage probably made perfect sense. To some people, anyway.

    Seeing as how they’re a little outdated now, Gov. Chris Christie put pen to paper Friday to remove them from the Garden State.

    Sponsored by Sens. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen and Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, the new law will remove state laws that have outdated and demeaning references to women, as NJ.com reports. Like the one that says a wife forfeits her property rights to her husband if she’s been ravished, consent to the ravisher — unless the husband forgives her and allows her to live with him.

    A nice way to mark last week’s anniversary of women’s right to vote.

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