Mar 24 2014

MA Bill to Ban Sex at Home for Divorcing Parents


Massachusetts is at it again with a new bill that would ban sex and “dating relationships” from the homes of divorcing couples. Senate Bill 787 was filed by Senator Richard J. Ross (R – Wrentham) “on behalf of a constituent” and is a prime example of government going too far. The wording of the bill would not only make it illegal for divorcing couples to start new relationships, but would also prohibit them from having sex with each other.

The full text of the bill reads:

In divorce, separation, or 209A [restraining order] proceedings involving children and a marital home, the party remaining in the home shall not conduct a dating or sexual relationship within the home until a divorce is final and all financial and custody issues are resolved, unless the express permission is granted by the courts.

In wake of the public backlash, Ross made the announcement that the bill was in fact a request made by a divorcing parent. Ross claimed that he is not the sponsor nor does he endorse it.

According to the MA state website, Senate Bill 787 has been referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Though the bill was introduced back in January of 2013, a decision is not expected to be made until June 30, 2014. The reporting date was just extended last week.

Many believe that the bill has little hope of passing, though Massachusetts does not have a reputation for staying out of people’s business. In fact, Massachusetts has been a prime example of political overreach and nannying for years.

No word yet on how such a bill would be enforced.

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