Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Lessening the Penalty For Sodomy With Minors
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On Friday, Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that lessens the penalty for adults who have sex with minors.
Earlier in the month, lawmakers in California passed a bill, reducing the penalty for adults who have oral and/or anal sex with a minor as long as there is an age gap within 10 years.
"Last night the CA State Legislature passed #SB145 and it now goes to Gov. Newsom. It would lower the penalties for adults who have sex w/ willing same-sex minors. Judge could decide if adult has to register as sex offender if the offender is within 10 years of age of victim," reported Bill Melugin at the time.
Check out what Breitbart reported at the time:
According to SB 145, the legislation “would exempt from mandatory registration” as a sex offender “a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register.”
The measure would allow a judge to decide if an adult who engages in oral or anal sex with a child must register as a sex offender if that person is within ten years of the age of the victim.
While Republicans are speaking out against the bill, Democrats are defending it, claiming that it is just an attempt to end "discrimination against LGBTQ" people.
"#SB145 ends discrimination against #LGBTQ young people on CA’s sex offender registry," tweeted California state Senator Scott Wiener. "It treats LGBTQ people exactly how straight ppl are now treated. The bill is the subject of a massive misinformation campaign by MAGA/QAnon."
Back in January of 2019, Weiner introduced the bill, claiming that it would put an end to “blatant discrimination against young LGBT people engaged in consensual activity.”
"This bill is about treating everyone equally under the law," he said. "Discrimination against LGBT people is simply not the California way. These laws were put in place during a more conservative and anti-LGBT time in California’s history. They have ruined people’s lives and made it harder for them to get jobs, secure housing, and live productive lives. It is time we update these laws and treat everyone equally."
Currently in California, judges may decide whether adults who have “penile-vaginal intercourse” with minors close to their age must register as a sex offender.
Wiener said the current law targets LGBT individuals because they do not engage in penile-vaginal intercourse.
“This is such horrific homophobia,” Wiener said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s irrational, and it ruins people’s lives.”
The Chronicle‘s report stated that, in 1975, California decriminalized oral and anal sex between consenting adults, but adults who engaged in these practices with minors were treated as sex offenders.
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