The California legislature on Monday passed a bill that, if signed into law by Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, would relax the penalty for gay adults who have sex with children.
Yes, you read that right. Adults who have sex with children.
The bill, sponsored by openly gay state Sen. Scott Weiner, removes the mandatory sex registry requirement for a gay adult convicted of having sex with a minor not more than 10 years younger and who is between the ages of 14 and 17. Which means, as one example, that if a 24-year-old man has “consensual” sex with a 14-year-old boy, a judge can subjectively decide whether that man must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Of course, the entire point of being a minor means that you can’t really “consent” to having sex at all, as we've societally recognized that your brain development and emotional maturity hasn’t yet reached the point where you can properly understand and informatively decide on sexual activity, especially with an adult nearly a decade your senior. That’s why we have different laws for sexual activity and sexual assault when it comes to children, and why we have things like statutory rape clauses and mandatory minimums for abusing children.
But apparently all that’s been thrown out the window in favor of “inclusivity.” In sponsoring the bill, Weiner argued that California law already gives a judge discretion on whether to place a sex offender requirement on a straight adult who has “consensual” sex with a minor not more than 10 years younger, claiming that placing the requirement on a gay adult for the same crime unfairly targets gays. So instead of simply passing a law that requires all adults who have sex with children be registered as a sex offender regardless, the far-left Democrat-controlled state legislature has effectively declared open season on California teens by rolling back restrictions even farther, all while continuing to fine churches for meeting and singing during the government-mandated COVID-19 shutdown.
And apparently, enough legislators agreed to those terms, seeing as the bill passed 41-18 in the state Assembly and 23-10 in the state Senate.