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Homophobic “Romeo and Juliet” Laws Fail to Decriminalize Queer Youth in Texas. Can It Be Fixed?

Consensual gay sex was a felony in every state until Illinois repealed its sodomy law in 1961. Connecticut, Ohio, California, and other states soon followed. By 2002, thirty-six states either selectively enforced or had overturned their statutes. Lawrence v Texas (2003) marked the federal end of sodomy laws. Even though sodomy statutes are unconstitutional, a handful of states still think sex between same-sex partners is illegal. State Representative Mary Gonzalez of Texas is valiantly attempting to equalize the unfair treatment and criminalization of queer adolescents. Full Article

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Two thoughts: 1. Static 99 scores you higher if your victim is male (i.e., gay-hate). (“Homophobia” is a lame term that needs too be retired: it makes the perpetrator sound like the sad victim of ‘fear’, when in fact, it is not fear – it is cowardly hatred.) And thought 2. Teens having sex? Well, if the law says it’s illegal, then those teens are sexual offender – maybe not arrested, maybe not convicted, but *everyone panic and hide your children* they are nonetheless sexual offender.

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