Anonymous wrote:

I might have agreed with you except I was recently a victim of rape by deception. I am still dealing with the trauma of the experience. But, I am thankful this law exists because I can hold the person who harmed me accountable. The important thing to realize is that due diligence cannot protect you against a pathological liar. I knew this person for 3 years before this incident and the lie that he used to deceive me would not have been revealed through due diligence. Rape by deception is a real thing. I am a victim of it and - while I think it is a rare thing - as a Christian woman, I would have never had sex with this man had he not agreed to marriage. I was very clear about my beliefs, my views on marriage and sex. I was very clear that outside of marriage I would not have sex. He entirely violated our marriage and lied about his beliefs for sex. I feel entirely violated. What I gave him, I can never get back. I do not want to press charges against him but I feel so traumatized and violated. It is a real crime to deceive someone, especially someone who doesn't have sex. The physical, psychological and emotional trauma is overwhelming is all I can say. Try to think of all of the persons impacted by this law before you draw conclusions and remember this is a law protecting those who have been deceived. Those who deceive usually check out on paper. The person who did this to me is a prominent community member who everyone - from the mayor to the milkman - respects and loves. That's why it is called deception it isn't discoverable through due diligence.

Disease and Marital Status are of paramount importance.
When it comes down to age, looks, job and even religion well those are harder to prove or count as damaging.

But any man/woman who knows they have an STD and/or is still married and lies about it, should be punished harshly.

I'm the victim of a brilliant mastermind evil guy.

He knew that I simply never ever date anyone who is not single and more importantly, certainly not someone who is still married.

This monster went as far as to create a FAKE divorce decree.

And it was impossible to verify because of privacy rights.

He even had friends back up his lies.

So yes, I completely understand you when you say due diligence can only go so far.