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Did California Democrats Just Pass Bill Protecting ‘Gay Sex’ with Minors?

The California state legislature has voted to pass a bill that offers protections to adults who claim to have “consensual gay sex” with minors.

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CA State Sen. Scott Weiner, an openly gay Democrat who represents San Francisco, resurrected the bill, SB 145, last month after first introducing it in January 2019.

The Democrat-controlled legislature passed the bill on Monday that will relax sex offender registry requirements for sodomy and other sexual acts with minors.

The legislation seeks to end “discrimination against LGBTQ young people on the sex offender registry,” according to Weiner.

The Democratic lawmaker argues that automatically placing adults on the sex offenders registry for abusing underage children of the same sex is “homophobic.”

The legislation would allow “judges discretion over sex-offender registration in all cases involving voluntary intercourse between teenagers ages 14 to 17, who cannot legally consent, and adults who are less than 10 years older.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

If a man has vaginal intercourse with an underage teenage girl, the judge can decide whether he should be placed on the sex offender registry based on the facts of the case.

But if anal or oral sex, or vaginal penetration with anything other than a penis, is involved, the adult must register as a sex offender — a relic of a penal code that criminalized those acts until 1975, even between consenting adults.

“California’s sex offender registry continues to draw that distinction — an antiquated, outdated, leftover distinction — that somehow oral sex is worse than vaginal sex,” Wiener said, as Neon Nettle previously reported.

He added that such precedent is “horrific homophobia” that is “irrational, and it ruins people’s lives.”

“It makes no sense,” Wiener told The San Francisco Examiner.

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