Longtime NC legislator Bertha ‘B’ Holt dies, helped repeal ban on prosecuting marital rapeBy AP
Friday, June 18, 2010
Longtime NC legislator Bertha ‘B’ Holt dies
BURLINGTON, N.C. — A longtime legislator known for her work to get North Carolina to repeal a law that said husbands could not be charged with raping their wives has died at the age of 93.
Bertha “B” Holt died Friday morning at her home. Jefferson Holt of Chapel Hill says his mother had suffered a stroke Sunday.
The Burlington lawmaker was in the state House of Representatives from 1975 to 1994. She led the effort to change the state’s marital rape law. The law was amended in the 1987-88 session and was taken off the books in 1993.
Other survivors include a daughter, Harriet Whitley of Burlington, and another son, Merrill, of San Francisco. Her husband, Clary Holt, died in 2003.