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Gay senator faces ‘extreme death threats’ and false pedophile claims over sex offender bill

Gay senator faces ‘extreme death threats’ and false pedophile claims over sex offender bill

  • Scott Wiener just wants same-sex and opposite sex relationships treated the same.
Scott Wiener.

Haters have falsely accused a gay California state senator of being a pedophile and threatened his life for his plan to treat gay and straight sex equally.

Democratic state Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco championed Senate Bill 145. It would allow judges to treat same-sex relationships with young adults as they do opposite-sex ones.

At the moment the law treats a young adult who has anal and oral sex with someone between the ages of 14 and 17 more harshly than if they had vaginal sex.

As Wiener explained to Sacramento’s KXTV this week:

‘Senate Bill 145 is an anti-discrimination law. It ends discrimination against LGBTQ people on the sex offender registry.

‘A 19-year-old [boy] has a 17-year-old girlfriend and they have sex, that is statutory rape. But the law right now says that the judge does not have to put that 19-year-old boy on the sex offender registry because of the kind of sex that they were having. 

‘But if it’s a 19-year-old boy having sex with a 17-year-old boyfriend, the judge must put that 19-year-old onto the sex offender registry, even if it was completely consensual, even if they were boyfriends, even if there was nothing coercive or predatory about it.’

His bill proposes to equalize that law. It will apply to young adults, within 10 years of their sexual partners age. And it will give judges the same discretion over those the court convicts of oral or anal sex as they have over those who have vaginal sex.

Moreover, under his bill, any kind of sex with a minor will remain illegal.

Both California’s Senate and Assembly have passed the bill, and it is now with Governor Gavin Newsom to sign or reject.

Despite this, Wiener had to defend the bill from claims it enables pedophilia.

Hate and ‘extreme death threats’

The Associated Press actually fact-checked the claims it helps pedophiles and found them false.

Indeed Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, told the AP that idea was ‘hogwash’.

Meanwhile Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, an author of the legislation, explained:

‘[It] allows judges and prosecutors to evaluate cases involving consensual sex acts between young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, on an individual basis.’

However people have posted hateful comments on Wiener’s social media.

One wrote: ‘The most disgusting and vile thing that I have heard.’

Another falsely claimed: ‘Pretty sure he’s been doing it with young boys for years.’

And a troll added: ‘You and the rest of the ungodly sodomites will be judged for your crimes against humanity.’

Meanwhile, Wiener says it has got even worse. Some have linked him to the QAnon conspiracy theory which absurdly claims leading liberal politicians are involved in child sex trafficking.

He said: ‘Despite massive, disgusting misinformation from the QAnon cult — including extreme death threats against me — we were able to pass SB 145 because it’s the right thing to do.

‘I’m grateful that my colleagues saw through the lies and understood that LGBTQ young people are having their lives destroyed simply for having consensual sex.’

‘Staggered’ age of consent

Wiener’s law falls far short of a ‘close in age exemption’ or ‘staggered’ age of consent, which is available in some countries.

The age of consent for sex varies widely around the world. But some laws do make an exception to allow for teen boyfriends and girlfriends. These exemptions avoid criminalizing consensual relationships between young people.

For example, in Canada the age of consent is 16. But consensual sex is still legal with 14 and 15-year-olds if the partner is less than five years older. Likewise, a partner who is under two years older can legally have sex with a minor aged 12 or 13.

Similarly Finland also has an age of consent of 16. But the law states there will be no punishment if ‘there is no great difference in the ages or the mental and physical maturity of the persons involved’.

Meanwhile Slovenia, where the age of consent is 15, takes a similar view.

There’s even a US example of the exceptions – the state of Delaware. There the age of consent is 18. However an adult who is under 30 can legally have sex with a consensual partner who is 16 or 17.