A Massachusetts state senator has filed a bill that could prohibit a divorcing parent from having sex in their own home.
Senator Richard J. Ross, a Wrentham Republican, filed by request Bill 787 which would pertain to the divorcing parent still living in the family home. It states:
In divorce, separation, or 209A 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.
According to this update, the bill wasn’t Ross’s idea and he doesn’t endorse it – he just filed it at the request of one of his constituents.
Update: In the wake of the negative publicity this bill has been getting, Sen. Ross just issued a statement stressing that SB 787 was filed by request and that he is not the sponsor of this legislation nor does he endorse it. “First and foremost, I believe in the democratic process and true representation of the people,” said Ross. “For that reason, when a constituent requested that I file a free petition on his behalf, I did so.”
I don’t know how he can claim to not be the bill’s sponsor and I also wonder if he would be distancing himself from it if it wasn’t so harshly criticized.