chapter  10
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Moral Matters

In 1871, that is, a couple of years after she had founded the Ladies’ National Association (LNA) as an organ through which to oppose the CD Acts, Josephine Butler wrote one of her many extended essays, The Constitution Violated’. On the opening page she wrote: The moral side of the question is undoubtedly the most important, and has been dwelt upon by the religious portion of the community, almost to the exclusion of all others, although it may be truly said that it of necessity includes all others.’2 Josephine Butler would certainly have agreed with Lord Denning that law and morals were inextricably linked together. But she would also have argued that in its interpretation of religious doctrine the law had privileged one sex over the other, and in the case of the CDAs the law itself was guilty of promoting immorality and condoning sin.