Thursday, March 15, 2018

Update on Oklahoma Prosecution of Consenting Adults

Here's an update to a case we last covered in this entry. Kathleen Joyce's report was found at
An Oklahoma mother who married her daughter after the two “hit it off” was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison after pleading guilty to incest.
Patricia Ann Spann, 45, of Norman, Okla., pleaded guilty to the felony offense and admitted she married her biological daughter, 26-year-old Misty Velvet Dawn Spann. She must also register as a sex offender after her release from prison, the Oklahoman reported.
Why is she going to prison and why will she be on a registry? She's no threat to anyone.
Spann said she thought the marriage to her daughter was legal because she had lost custody of her and two sons years ago, and she is not listed on their birth certificates.

Prosecutors said Spann also married one of her sons in 2008 but the marriage was annulled in 2010 due to incest, the Associated Press reported.

Misty Spann pleaded guilty to incest in November in exchange for probation. However, her plea was withdrawn when it was determined she had been given a deferred sentence, which is not allowed under state law.

It was also covered at
Under state law, marriage to a close relative is considered incest, regardless of whether a sexual relationship exists.
If adults agree to have sex, let them. If they agree to marry, let them. If they agree to have a sexless marriage, let them. What a waste of public resources it is to criminally prosecute them. There's no good reason to deny them their right to marry, and consanguinamory shouldn't be a crime.
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1 comment:

  1. Though I do agree that this Should not be punishable ,we all know the lawmakers will make us fight long and hard for change of this law.Just like they did with other ones .To me the sex offender charge is going way to far. Noone invovled was abused in that way or a child. It was cosensual and are old enough , also capable of of loving who they want ,how they want to. They are capable of understanding what their life choices intell. Just like any other adults. They deserve to have a Happy life that is theirs without fear of what others will say or do like everyone else. Having to hide your love for someone in front of others is one of my greatest pains,and fears. Only a few friends and family know,accept,and understand. I am lucky to have that. Some do not. Can not imagine how the ones that do not feel. Cotinueing to fight for this stigma around it to change will bring us together ,show others who feel alone, that they are not alone in this. That people do care about them. It will show we will not be pushed around ,we going to stand our ground for the Happy lives we deserve.


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