SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that would give judges a say on whether to list someone as a sex offender for having oral or anal sex with a minor.

The bill would expand the discretion currently granted judges in statutory rape cases and was promoted as bringing fairness under the law to LGBTQ defendants.

The current law, in place for decades, permits judges to decide whether a man should be placed on California’s sex offender registry if he had voluntary intercourse with someone 14 to 17 years old and was no more than 10 years older than the person.

But that discretion only applied to a man who had vaginal intercourse. The new change permits judges to use that same discretion when the case involves voluntary oral or anal sex.

The measure won’t apply when a minor is under 14, when the age gap is larger than 10 years, or when either party says the sex wasn’t consensual.

The bill was introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat.

The law ends discrimination “by treating LGBTQ young people the exact same way that straight young people have been treated since 1944,” Wiener said in a statement, adding: “Today, California took yet another step toward an equitable society.”

Equality California, a non-profit civil rights group that co-sponsored the bill with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, also applauded Newsom’s signing.

“If we want a California for all, then we need a justice system that treats all Californians fairly and equally — regardless of who they are, what they look like or whom they love,” Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur said in the statement released by Wiener’s office.

The bill passed the Assembly and Senate on split votes, with some members objecting to what they saw as an easing of punishments against those who have sex with 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,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said before the bill’s passage. “We should never give up on this idea that children should be in no way subject to a predator.”

Online critics had falsely blasted the measure as legalizing pedophilia.

The bill was supported by civil rights groups as well as the California District Attorneys Association and California Police Chiefs Association.

Comments (9)
  1. Morgan says:

    Now we know he is a pedophile, only a pedophile would want this

  2. Dream Solis says:

    And we wonder why California is burning like hell…. Soddom and Gonorrah was destroyed by God’s wrath for its sinful perversions. Hopefully a federal law will be written that will override this perverse law.

  3. Pam says:

    Do these people have any children, a 14year old boy or girl can be easily manipulated by a predator. You have to be sick to think this is ok

  4. Gov is a satanic pervert, seems to be well established as of today, Wonder who indoctrinated him as a kid. This is why you vote for the guy in office now – an anti-pedophile vote. You vote for the other one, you’re voting for your kids to be raped with impunity.

  5. photojoe55 says:

    What a Pervert and a Pedafile!

  6. jeanne says:

    a 12 year old raped by a 21 year old male…OK IN CALIF? a minor can not OK a sex act…. what is wrong with this… everything….. molestation one day and open Disneyland the next… this man is not of sound mind, need to be put in a straight jacket and hauled away or maybe he wants to get in the act too or has he in the past… no normal man would ok a bill like this..

    1. Tyler says:

      So my grandfather was raping my grandmother when they were were married at 19 and 13? Your clueless.

      1. Penrose21 says:

        Yeah, pretty much. A 13 yo child does not have the intellectual or emotional maturity to make such decisions in a wise and logical manner.

      2. Penrose21 says:

        So, if the goal is to attain equality for LGBT, rather than extending a disgusting and immoral law that initially applied to heterosexuals to LGBT, how about eliminating that law altogether?

        If there was a law allowing heterosexuals to rape, would moral individuals choose to eliminate that law altogether or extend that law to LGBT in order to be “equal”?

        Only in the depraved leftist state of Kalifornia would they choose the latter.

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