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Virginia Lawmaker Richard Black Opposed Law Against Spousal Rape Because Wives Wear Nighties (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Virginia State Sen. Richard H. "Dick" Black is currently running in the Republican primary to replace Rep. Frank Wolf (R), who is retiring.

However, some of Black's positions in the past have raised eyebrows.

Mother Jones reports that in 2002, Black was worried that allowing spousal rape to be a crime would cause a man "enormous fear of the damage to his reputation" if his wife ever filed a false rape claim.

He also said it would be impossible to convict a husband of spousal rape because the wife was “sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie."

Virginia State Sen. Shawn Mitchell (D) uncovered a 2002 video (below) of Black talking about spousal rape and put it in a 2011 ad against Black, according to RawStory.com.

“I do not know how you could validly get a conviction of a husband-wife rape, when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie and so forth,” states Black. “There’s no injuries, there’s no separation or anything.”

Mitchell's ad says there were 800 reported incidents of spousal rape in Virginia between 2002 and 2010.

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During a speech in 2013, Black compared abortion in the US to the Nazi Holocaust, notes ThinkProgress.org (video below).

“When I hear discussions about this, I hear very mild comments about choice and reproductive rights and things of this sort,” said Black. “But I recall back to the days of Nazi Germany, there was a place called Auschwitz. ”

“...You know it’s quite easy, and from where we look back on history, we say, ‘Why didn’t the Germans do something? Why didn’t they rise up? Why didn’t they take action?’” added Black. “But they were helpless before their government just as we are helpless before our government.”

In 2001, The Washington Times reported that Black called non-abortion emergency contraception "baby pesticide."

Black also opposed a statue of President Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond, Va.

"Putting a statue to [Lincoln] there is sort of like putting the Confederate flag at the Lincoln Memorial," Black told The Washington Post in 2003.

In 2005, the Associated Press reported that Black opposed same-sex couples adopting children and wanted to require adoption agents to investigate whether gay parents were "known to engage in current voluntary homosexual activity."

Sources: Mother Jones, ThinkProgress.org, RawStory.com, The Washington Post, Associated Press