Section 4 of chapter 274 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2020 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second and third sentences and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:- The fact that the defendant is the spouse of the offender shall be a defense to a prosecution under this section. If such a defendant testifies solely as to the existence of such relationship, they shall not be subject to cross examination on any other subject matter, nor shall their criminal record, if any, except for perjury or subornation of perjury, be admissible to impeach their credibility.
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