The California legislature passed Outlaw late Monday evening that allows adults that are within 10 years age of a minor to have oral or anal sex without having to register as a sex offender.
Democratic California State Senator Scott Weiner Introduced SP 145 in January 2019. The 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,” according to the text of the legislation.
The bill has not been signed into law by governor Gavin Newsom as of yet. But it would allow adults that are within 10 years of age of a minor who are convicted of having anal or oral sex with that minor to not be forced to register as a sex offender.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation: “SB 145 passed the California Assembly by a bare minimum vote of 41-18 before passing 23-10 in the state Senate, the Chronicle reported, though some lawmakers raised concerns that the bill allows for mistreatment of minors.”
“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,” Democratic California state Rep. Lorena Gonzalez said, according to the Chronicle. “We should never give up on this idea that children should be in no way subject to a predator.”
“SB 145 ends discrimination against #LGBTQ young people on the sex offender registry,” Weiner said in a Tuesday tweet. “Currently, these youth are forced onto the registry for consensual sex — even if a judge doesn’t think it’s appropriate — in situations where straight youth are not. This discrimination destroys lives.”
Wiener did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.