Jodi Arias testified this week that Travis Alexander told her it was OK under the Mormon law of chastity to have oral and anal sex, just not vaginal sex.
“It just seemed like he sort of had like a 'Bill Clinton' version,” Arias said about Alexander. “Oral and anal sex were also sex to me, but not for him.”
Clinton in 1998 famously testified in a deposition that he did not have "sexual relations" with a former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, although Lewinsky testified that she and the president did things that many people consider to be sex.
According to Arias’ testimony, she and Alexander, an active member of the Mormon church, went further and further, eventually having vaginal sex as well.
The Mormon church takes pre-marital sex very seriously. The Mormon church’s website says the law of chastity dictates that people should not have “sexual relations” before they are married.
“Breaking this law is serious. But those who have broken it can gain forgiveness and peace through repentance and obedience,” according to the website.
Alexander seemed to have a loose interpretation of the meaning of “sexual relations,” according to Arias. In fact, Arias testified that on the day Alexander baptized Arias into the Mormon religion, they had anal sex at her apartment.
Explicit testimony has been part of this trial since the beginning, and that is expected to continue next week when Arias’ defense may play a recorded phone sex conversation between Arias and Alexander for the jurors.