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MSNBC: Meet the marital rape deniers [ICYMI]

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Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the leading GOP presidential candidate said this week that "you can't rape your spouse" -- inflammatory, untrue words that sadly, he's not the first to say. MSNBC highlighted the unsavory company sharing Cohen's sentiment, including Virginia's own Senator Dick Black (highlighted below).
 
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On Monday night, The Daily Beast reported that Ivana Trump, former wife of presidential candidate Donald, had accused her ex-husband of rape in a deposition during their divorce proceedings. In an interview for the story, Trump’s attorney insisted that there is no such thing as rape within a marriage: “You cannot rape your spouse,” said Michael Cohen. “And there’s very clear case law.”

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Senator Dick Black and Donald Trump's Lawyer Both Doubt Spousal Rape Exists

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Last night, Donald Trump's campaign once again stirred up controversy with wildly inappropriate remarks, this time in regards to the very serious matter of spousal rape. The presidential candidate's lawyer, Michael Cohen, responded to allegations of rape from Trump's ex-wife by saying this:
You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.
Cohen's remarks have already been met with major shock, disgust, and outrage, but he's not the first to push the narrative that spousal rape doesn't count.
 
Virginia's State Senator Dick Black questioned the existence of spousal rape while fighting against its ban in the General Assembly. 

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100 Days Out: Virginia Democrats In Strong Position, Hold Weekend of Action

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Just 100 days from now, voters will go to the polls for all 140 seats in the General Assembly. To mark the occasion, Virginia Democrats participated in a Weekend of Action, canvassing thousands of doors across the Commonwealth. This enthusiasm is one of the many assets Democrats have heading into November. Here's the lay of the land for the next 100 days:

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