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  •  that means you actually agree on #2. (0+ / 0-)

    And, yeah, I recognize the equality objection on #1, which is why I asked it.

    •  Hmm...not how I read #2. (0+ / 0-)
      "sexual contact is a decision which requires a level of maturity which 14-15 year-olds may not have, and the option of these laws should remain available for when those relationships prove coercive or otherwise injurious"
      It's the "may not" and "available for when those relationships prove coercive or otherwise injurious" that bother me.

      I don't like the idea of adjuticating whether a particular 18-and-14 (or 18-and-15, or whatever) relationship is 'coervice or injurious,' simply because you're really asking a prosecutor/judge/jury to make a three-way judgment call - one on each participant AND one on the relationship itself.

      It may unpopular for me to say so, but I'd rather see a simple across-the-board rule than see that can of worms opened.

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Sun May 19, 2013 at 09:11:08 AM PDT

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      •  Two reactions (0+ / 0-)

        1. There is always prosecutorial discretion, no matter what you do.

        2. A bright line will always be either over inclusive or under; on which side do you err?

        •  My bright line is simple - 18. (0+ / 0-)

          Like it or not, we have many legal notions of adulthood bound to the number 18.  It's true that there are exceptions, such as driver's licenses (under) and purchase/consumption of alcohol (over), but I'm distinctly uncomfortable with picking and choosing cases in which to dip below that line.

          The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

          by wesmorgan1 on Sun May 19, 2013 at 03:01:51 PM PDT

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            •  If that's what the applicable law says, yes. (0+ / 0-)

              Obviously, this is a state-level legislative issue, but--as I said--I'd rather see a clear, unambiguous law than some piece of feel-good "case by case" law that would inevitably be WIDE open to (mis)application by judges, juries and prosecutors..  

              I'm happy to tell completely mature, emotionally sound young people below age [X], "you have to wait," if that means maintaining a bright line that protects (to some degree) OTHER young people from injury or coercion through deterrence.

              I'll readily admit that it is a solution far from perfection, but I think it the best approach we can take.

              The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

              by wesmorgan1 on Sun May 19, 2013 at 09:56:06 PM PDT

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