California Plans to Soften Penalties for LGBT Sex With Minors

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The Democrat-led California General Assembly has OK'd legislation that would ease the criminal punishments for LGBT adults who sodomize or perform oral sex on underage teenagers.

S.B. 145 was introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D), who is openly gay, and was approved by the state Senate in a 23-10 vote and passed by the Assembly in a 41-18 vote, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

If signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), which is likely, the legislation will require judges to use discretion in assigning an individual to the sex offender registry if their victim is between the ages of 14 and 17 and the age difference of the offender and victim is no more than 10 years.

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