The article An evolution of law: Spousal rape recently prosecutable by Thadeus Greenson published in the The Times-Standard which serves Eureka, California and the northern California coastal area does a wonderful job of addressing the relevant issues while keeping those harmed front and center.
Here is the opening:
If Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen's wife had made the same rape allegations 30 years ago that she made last month -- or in some other states -- Gundersen wouldn't have been charged with a crime.
Spousal rape laws, or even the concept of raping a spouse, are pretty new developments. In fact, until the late 1970s, spouses were typically excluded from sexual assault laws.
Go read the whole article.