« California shouldn`t go down that road, regardless of gender type, » Grove said. Wiener said opponents deliberately misrepresented what the legislation would do to exploit anti-LGBTQ sentiment for their own political gain. He noted that police chiefs and prosecutors supported the law, which he said they would not do if it put children at risk. « We are extremely grateful to Governor Newsom for his unwavering commitment to civil rights and LGBTQ+ social justice. Dr. King said, « Now is always the time to do the right thing. » The signature of SB 145 was correct. It was the right thing for LGBTQ+ youth, it was the right thing to do to keep our communities safe, and it was the right thing for California. If we want a California for all, we need a justice system that treats all Californians fairly and equally, no matter who they are, what they look like, or who they love. This objective is at the heart of SB 145. Thanks to Governor Newsom and Senator Wiener, California is one step closer to our shared values of fairness, equality and justice for all. « This bill allows judges and prosecutors to individually assess cases of consensual sexual acts between young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, » she said in a statement. « I wrote this bill because I believe the law must be applied equally to ensure justice for all Californians. » Nathan Ballard, who worked as a Newsom adviser when he was mayor of San Francisco, said Newsom had been wise to veto the legislation and recommended that state lawmakers change the 10-year age difference provision because Republicans were politically arming the issue. The law applies to cases where minors between the ages of 14 and 17 have any type of sexual intercourse with an adult between the ages of 10.
Other laws that apply to minors in this age group, including requirements for mandatory registration of sex offenders. From the committee with the author`s amendments. Read and change a second time. Referred again to Com. at PUB. S. Despite many controversies surrounding this law, SB-145 was officially signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on September 11, 2020. The community will be able to continue to have its say when California defense attorneys begin working on these cases under the new law. But right now, all California courtrooms comply with this law. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 145 on Friday night, ending blatant discrimination against LGBTQ youth in California`s sex offender registry.
Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement in response to the governor`s action: The disinformation is the latest in a series of attacks on the legislature and legislator who introduced it — Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco — by right-wing conspiracy theorists known as QAnon. Senate Republican leader Shannon Grove of Bakersfield also blasted the bill, posting on Facebook after it passed that California Democrats were « putting the protection of sexual predators above the protection of our children. » Newsom`s landmark decision was opposed from the right and within his own party. Republicans rushed to the issue, and some Democrats feared that same-sex marriage would inspire social conservatives in the 2004 election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said at the time that Newsom was partly responsible for John Kerry`s loss of the presidency. SB 145 did not change the fact that any person who commits a sexual offence against a minor under the age of 14 must still register as a sex offender. In addition, anyone who lured a minor into sexual relations is also not protected by this law. Dana Williamson, Democratic political strategist and secretary to the governor`s cabinet at the time.
Brown said sex offender registration laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community are a longstanding problem in California, and she urged Newsom to sign the bill despite the attacks. But messages shared thousands of times claimed that the « pro-pedophilia » legislation had in fact passed the day before by a 6-2 vote, misinterpreting its content. Rep. Chad Mayes, an independent from Yucca Valley, warned other lawmakers of the potential political consequences just before voting for SB 145 on Aug. 31, the final night of the state`s legislature. According to his analysis in the Senate, the legislation « exempts a person convicted of nonviolent sodomy with a minor, oral copulation with a minor, or sexual penetration with a minor from the obligation to automatically register as a sex offender. » Related article: California activates Assembly 2138 The age of consent for sexual intercourse in California is 18. As a result, any sexual act with a person under the age of 18 is a felony, although it is a misdemeanor or a felony, depends on the age of those involved, according to the California Penal Code. This bill was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 11, 2020, and filed with the California Secretary of State on the same day.
A common misconception about SB 145 is that it legalizes pedophilia. This is not the case, and these rumors began with an attempt to discredit the law from the beginning. In fact, the reality is far from the truth. There has been a deliberate misinterpretation of the law in these cases, when the reality is that this legislation has only eliminated the anti-LGBTQ+ inequality in the law that was in effect in the state of California. In particular, SB-145 does not apply to sexual intercourse of any kind with minors under the age of 14. In these cases, mandatory registration of sex offenders is required by law. Prior to SB-145, an 18-year-old man convicted of oral or intercourse with a 17-year-old man had to register as a sex offender, while a 24-year-old man convicted of penile-vaginal sex with a 15-year-old woman would not have to be automatically registered – it would be up to the judge to decide. Currently, adults convicted of oral or sex with a minor in these circumstances are automatically registered as a sex offender in the state.
SB 145 will eliminate the automatic registration of sex offenders in these cases and give judges the discretion to make this decision. « This is one of those bills that you`re going to take a political hit for, » said Mayes, who left the Republican Party in 2019. « But we also know it`s right and just. Now is the time to take action. If the bill is signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom next month, it will become law. Editorial: Fact Check: California SB-145 does NOT change the felony status of pedophile crimes; Judges have the leeway to register sex offenders in more cases with consent — Link Samuel Garrett-Pate, a spokesman for Equality California, a nonprofit that co-funded the legislation, told USA TODAY that the bill « ends in injustice and doesn`t legalize anything. » The state`s sex offender database contains more than 100,000 registered sex offenders who law enforcement agencies say are too large to track potential predators, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.