Breitbart reports that California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has just signed into law a bill that will have the effect of reducing legal penalties for acts of sodomy with a minor.
The bill, SB 145, made it through the Democrat-led legislature last week, and, on Friday, Newsom signed it into law.
The purpose of SB 145 is to fix what the bill’s proponents believe to be an injustice in the current law.
Under existing law, if an adult engages in oral and/or anal sex with a minor, a minor who, at most, is ten years younger than the adult, then the adult is required to register as a sex offender. But, when it comes to “penile-vaginal intercourse,” existing law allows a judge to decide whether or not an adult who had sexual intercourse with a minor must register as a sex offender.
It should be noted here that sexual conduct with minors under the age of 14 is a separate matter that is dealt with under a separate section of California’s legal code.
According to proponents of SB 145, this is discrimination, discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
“It’s appalling that in 2020, California continues to discriminate against LGBTQ people, by mandating that LGBTQ young people be placed on the sex offender registry in situations where straight people aren’t required to be placed on the registry,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener (D).
What SB 145 does is give judges the authority to decide whether or not an adult who engages in anal and/or oral sex with a minor has to register as a sex offender. In other words, the new bill eliminates the distinction that California law here made between sodomy and sexual intercourse.
In the words of Wiener, “SB 145 simply ends that discrimination by treating LGBTQ young people the exact same way that straight young people have been treated since 1944.”
Not everyone, however, sees things as does SB 145’s proponents, not even all California Democrats. Here’s Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D):
I cannot in my mind as a mother understand how sex between a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old could ever be consensual, how it could ever not be a registrable offense. We should never give up on this idea that children should be in no way subject to a predator.
This can’t be right
We believe this change in the law to be atrocious, but so too is the existing law. First off, how can an adult engage in sexual conduct with a young teen without it being predatory? Is the young teen really capable of consenting, considering the vast difference in the mental makeup of a young teen and an adult?
And, what is with this sudden push to sexualize young teenagers? Why is the California legislature so eager to ensure that the law recognizes that an adult can legally have sex with a minor? It’s absurd – a group of adults fighting for the right of an adult to have sex with a fourteen-year-old without legal consequences. It sure seems like SB 145 is a victory for the child predators and for the continuing decadence of our society.