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  •  The danger is how public it can become; (12+ / 0-)

    I have represented people who have had to register as sex offenders usually they were charged when young, having "consensual" sex  with their girlfriend who was 2 or 3 years younger.  IT is almost IMPOSSIBLE to get someone off that list.  And there is no worse list to be upon, it is almost impossible to find a place to live, work or be left alone.

    I fully realize there is danger to our children from certain mentally ill people - but to lump into that group, GLBT activity, or a sex crime involving a 19 y/o and a 17 y/o is extremely dangerous also.  Getting on THAT list is a life sentence that carries the worst connotations.  If a state is putting people on that list by way of anti-sodomy laws, then suits must be filed beforehand to get them ruled unconstitutional and off the books with consequences for anyone trying to enforce them.

    Simply living under the threat of those laws is enough to get one into court, this is beyond aweful.

    "How can the United States be the Greatest Nation in the World and the only Super Power when its citizens hold bake sales to raise money to pay for life saving medical care?"

    by 4CasandChlo on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 02:20:39 PM PST

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    •  God bless Romeo and Juliet laws (8+ / 0-)

      Hawaii has age-bracketed its age-of-consent laws to reflect reality. The age of consent is 14 so long as the other person is under 18. The age of consent is 16 so long as the other person is under 21. After 18, no one gives a damn who you sleep with. These laws are designed to protect teenagers from truly predatory adults while allowing for the reality that sex between teens and young adults happens.

      Being 19 years old with a 17 year old boy/girlfriend should not make you a sex offender.

      Also, I forget which state it was, but at one point stiffer penalties were being handed out for same-sex sexual activities with underage teens than for opposite-sex sexual activities. IIRC a lawsuit was brought and the sentencing guidelines became identical.

      When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

      by Keori on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 04:10:48 PM PST

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