While his bills aimed at addressing California’s housing crisis are expected to be some of the most closely watched legislative fights this year, gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will also be pushing to pass legislation focused on LGBT issues.
Another bill Wiener plans to introduce this year would prevent gay male adolescents from having to be listed on the state’s sex offender registry. He aims to include a “Romeo/Juliet” clause for gay teenagers so they are treated similarly to their heterosexual counterparts.
Under the current law, if an 18-year-old boy has sex with a 17-year-old girl he can be prosecuted for statutory rape. But if he is convicted, the boy does not need to register as a sex offender, noted Wiener.
“If you are an 18-year-old boy having sex with a 17-year-old boy it is statutory rape and you have to become a registered sex offender,” said Wiener, “because it is anal sex not vaginal sex. So we are going to introduce a bill to eliminate that inequity.”