Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Moral Crimes

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_302

Synonyms

Overview

The study of moral crimes requires awareness of differences in the degree of moral condemnation of conduct. While a number of crimes seem to generate a consensus regarding their immoral character, there are some that do not. These crimes set the stage for conflict and to understand their nature one must be sensitive to the role of power in putting such acts within the criminal law.

What Are Moral Crimes?

In April 2009, the Supreme Court of the State of Iowa ruled unanimously to permit same-sex marriage. In November 2010, three of the judges, who were on the ballot for their job retention, were defeated and removed from office, largely because of their vote on same-sex marriage. One poll found that 41 % of Iowans said they would vote for a ban, while 40 % said they would not; the rest said they would not vote or were undecided (Clayworth and Beaumont 2009). And 92 % said the legalization of gay marriage had brought no real...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA