HAWORTH: False Equality — New California Law Places More Children At Risk

HAWORTH: False Equality — New California Law Places More Children At Risk


On Saturday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill SB-145 into law. This law “exempts from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register.”

The bill was introduced by State Senator Scott Wiener (D), who applauded Newsom’s legislative endorsement, saying Newsom’s signing of the bill ended “blatant discrimination against LGBTQ young people” in California.

“SB 145 puts an end to blatant discrimination against young LGBT people engaged in consensual sexual activity,” said Senator Wiener. “This bill is about treating everyone equally under the law. Discrimination against LGBT people is simply not the California way. These laws were put in place during a more conservative and anti-LGBT time in California’s history. They have ruined people’s lives and made it harder for them to get jobs, secure housing, and live productive lives. It is

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