…But beware the fake news being spread by some conservatives.
Whether they are doing so intentionally or not, it seems like some individuals are furiously spreading information online that is largely untrue. See the below Tweets:
As often seems to be the case, The Liberty Block will be one of the few publications to give you the name and a link to the bill in question.
California’s Senate Bill 145 seems to make one very specific change to the state’s law. According to the current law, certain sex offenders are automatically placed on the sex offender registry when they are convicted. As the law stands, offenders who have sex (defined as vaginal intercourse) with 14-17 year old minors who are within 10 years of their age and are convicted of the offense are not automatically placed on the registry; the judge would seemingly have the discretion to place them on the registry. Progressive LGBT activists believe that this ‘privilege’ to not automatically be placed on the registry is currently homophobic, because it only applies to offenders who have vaginal intercourse with teens. Considering that LGBT offenders would often engage in statutory rape via oral or anal sex, they currently would not enjoy this ‘privilege’. This bill seeks to extend that protection for LGBT adults who are convicted of statutory rape.
“This bill would exempt from mandatory registration under the act 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.” -SB145
The bill does not make it more legal for gay people to have sex with children, per se. This bill does make life a little easier for LGBT individuals who seek to have sex with children ten years younger than themselves.
We could not find anywhere in the bill that limited this ‘privilege’ to cases involving 14-17 year old victims. We will give the EQCA the benefit of the doubt and assume that it is somewhere in the bill. If it is not in the bill, it would mean that SB145 makes life easier for offenders who have sex with children of any age, as long as they are not more than 10 years younger than the offender. That would be outrageous, but not entirely shocking.
The bill seemingly passed the Senate and Assembly (House) and is now headed to Governor Newsom’s desk. I am fairly confident that he will sign SB145 into law. Progressive LGBT activists are celebrating its passage:
“We applaud the passage of SB 145, which provides better guidance for judges when determining whether someone is placed on the sex offender registry,” said Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
While many progressives support sexualizing young children much more than I think is appropriate, this bill has been blown way out of proportion by many concerned yet naive social media users. The Liberty Block has written and spoken about the increasing acceptance of child sexuality among progressives on a number of occasions. However, readers must remain cautious when they see headlines that seem radical. Many are accurate, and many are gross misrepresentations. Especially at a time when so many truly insane policies are being proposed and passed, it’s counterproductive to fall for clickbait and make yourself appear ignorant.