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Oh, this news article is too good to pass up...

Courtesy of the NYTimes

SEATTLE, Jan. 25 - It is about time, politicians here are saying, for the state of Washington to catch up with the rest of the world.

Florida has struck down a law forbidding unmarried women from parachuting on Sundays. Michigan has done away with a law making it illegal to swear in front of women and children. Texas women no longer face 12 months in prison for adjusting their stockings in public. And the ladies of Maine can now legally tickle a man under the chin with a feather duster.

But here in Washington, in 2005, it is still illegal, under a 1909 law, to bring a woman's virtue into question publicly, to call her a hussy or a strumpet.

And now, a state senator from Seattle - who is not saying she supports attacking the chastity of Washington women - is, nevertheless, trying to overturn the state's "Slander of a Woman" law...

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Komo 4 employs a man named Ken Schram, who basically is paid to speak his mind--mostly I agree with him. He had scathing things to say about this. I agree that the law needs to be taken off the books, but let's remember Washington had two recounts and the Republicans are contesting the election in court. I'd personally like to see that issue, and a few others taken care of. Here is his bit about the law. But follow the links and read some of his other stuff. He's rather entertaining.
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