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CA Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to Protect Sex Offenders Who Have Homosexual Sex with Minors

How can this bill be legal when California’s age of consent is still 18?

By Katy Grimes, September 12, 2020 1:57 pm

Governor Gavin Newsom at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, June 1, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom just signed Senate Bill 145, which lowers the penalties for adults who have sex with same-sex minors.

As Senator Melissa Melendez Tweeted, “Well what a shock. Newsom signed SB145, the bill that allows a 24 year old to have sex with a 14 year old and escape a felony conviction and requirement to be a registered sex offender. Absolutely disgusting.”

Last year California Globe reported that State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) introduced legislation “to end blatant discrimination against LGBT young people regarding California’s sex offender registry.” Wiener and Eggman are members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.

If there are any lingering doubts about Sen. Wiener’s intent, the bill analysis is much more clear than Sen. Wiener:

“This bill states non-forcible sodomy, oral copulation, and sexual penetration with a minor do not require mandatory sex offender registration unless there is a ten-year gap between the minor and the other person. However, a court may still require registration if it deems appropriate. These offenses, when committed without force, where the minor was a willing participant and under the age of 14 are sometimes referred to as “Hofsheier offenses.” People v. Hofsheier (2006) 37 Cal.4th 1185 held that requiring mandatory sex offender registration for one such an offense – oral copulation – was unconstitutional if the state did not also require registration for a person convicted non-forcible sexual intercourse with a minor because it made an illegal distinction based on the sex act itself.”

“Non-forcible sodomy, oral copulation, and sexual penetration with a minor” is the first legal problem with this bill as it is against the law to have sex with a minor – gay or straight. The legal age of consent in California is 18 years of age. The age of consent refers to the age at which a person can legally consent to any sexual intercourse.

If there is a real inequity in the laws governing sex with minors, this bill is only undermining any sincere attempt to address that.

The definition of pedophilia according to Websters is “sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object.”

Of the hundreds of comments left by California Globe readers, “normalizing pedophilia” was repeated over and over: “This is a push to normalize pedophilia which has always been the aim of some in the homosexual community.”

But Sen. Wiener dug in his heels. “This is absolutely false. #SB145 does not in any way change what the crime is or what the punishment is. You’re spreading false information. You should delete that tweet,” he tweeted back at Sen. Melendez. 

Sen. Wiener is cherry-picking his facts.

As the Globe has reported, under SB 145, the offenders would not have to automatically register as sex offenders if the offenders are within 10 years of age of the minor.

After being shelved last year because it could not pass, the bill was quietly brought back at the last minute this year in August, without any new analysis or new amendments, and was voted on Aug. 20th in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it was passed 6-2.

On August 31st, the last day of the legislative session, SB 145 passed the Assembly 41-25, and 13 abstentions. No Republicans supported the bill, and 11 Democrats voted “No” along with the Republicans.

Sen. Wiener snuck a really bad bill back into the legislative docket, despite the rule during the shortened session this year was that the only bills which would be voted on were supposed to be COVID-related, or emergency economic help for the state.

SB 145 could not pass last year, and most Californians didn’t even know about it. By sneaking it back into the end of session docket, SB 145 did not receive a hearing or any real debate.

Lawmakers who voted for SB 145 who also claim to have concern for child sex abuse or child sex trafficking showed their true intentions.

Gov. Newsom knows all of this and signed this bill anyway.

A Globe reader asked: “Why the heck does Sen Scott Wiener care so much about protecting sexual predators and care so little about protecting California’s children? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?”

SB 145 vote. (Photos: screen capture, leginfo.ca.gov)


SB 145 vote. (Photos: screen capture, leginfo.ca.gov)
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47 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Signs Bill to Protect Sex Offenders Who Have Homosexual Sex with Minors

  1. Reading Wiener’s comments supporting this bill makes me want to vomit! How? How? How can any sane rational person vote for this bill? And where were the 13 abstentions? These people are elected to vote on laws and they should be required to do so. My Assembly Member Mark Stone and my State Senator Jim Beall both voted for this and they will hear it. Every legislative member who voted for this should hear from their constituents. Gavin Newsom is the most disgusting Governor California has had. Katy, this should make for some interesting conversation on the radio Monday morning.

    1. When are Californians going to learn that Democrats are only about their own agenda. Wiener is probably salivating and can’t get his hands on a youngster. Vote Republican and you won’t have all the insanity!

  2. Is it any surprise, that a guy who chooses to have an affair with his best friends wife sign such an amoral bill!
    Where is the legislation to convict all sexual predators over the age of 20 for having sex with an underaged child, no matter the sexual orientation.
    I read one argument that a 14 year old is not considered a child! Ever heard of sexual grooming? I am sure Senator Wiener has!

  3. Thank you, Katy Grimes, for once again clearing up the “confusion” surrounding this bill and for making so many excellent points throughout.

    I just love how outraged Sen Scott Weiner is that his precious bill has been “mis-characterized” (even though it wasn’t). Something tells me his outrage would pale by comparison to the outrage of parents who discover that, thanks to Sen Weiner’s bill, their 12 year-old son has been preyed upon by an adult man a decade older who should know better and undoubtedly does. And that there will be no criminal or other consequences for it.

    “Sneaky” seems to be the Word of the Day, both for Dem legislators like Sen Weiner and his LGBTQ caucus whose focus is to pass such laws unobserved, and for the pedophiles out there whose under-the-radar predation is protected by this legislative group —- with hand-crafted care.

    Fortunately, though, they weren’t sneaky enough because apparently the whole country knows about this bill (now law). I don’t think even Sen Scott Weiner likes being in that kind of a spotlight because of something like this.

  4. Sexual child molesters is what Newsom is defending. This is the big push for 2021 with the Democrat party. The normalization of pedophilia. God help us as a country. Churches ar shut down but pedophiles are uplifted in the eyes of the California government. Newsom and his entire family should face the wrath of a parent who’s child was raped by one of newsom’s now protected class.

  5. This is one of the left’s most cherished goals. Legal rights to molest children. This is one more step towards their ability to destroy all children before they can grow up and make rational, adult decisions.

  6. SO…..the LGBTQ group is getting preferred and special treatment. They can do whatever they want and won’t have to register, but a poor sap of a heterosexual guy gets told some girl is 18 or older, has sex with her and he has to register as a sex offender if he’s reported. What in Sam’s hill is wrong with our Legislators and Governor anyway? Are they all high or something?

    I don’t like this one little bit. This clears the way for a pedophile older man/woman to take advantage of a person under the age of 18 and then not have to pay the price by having to register as a sex offender. Ridiculous!!!!!

    We have a very sick society!!!!

    Do you have the names of the persons voting FOR this, Katy?

  7. This proves it: Newsom is a switch hitter and the lowest of lowlifes. I wonder how many little boys the good old Guv has molested

  8. California voters are dumber than the politicians they vote into office, evil far left liberal loony idiots should be protecting children from pedophiles. Shame on you Governor Newsom.

  9. How fuckin dare you say its okay for a man or women to touch a kid under 18 are you fuckin high or that dumb and ignorant to the fact you just gave men permission to be with a kid that’s a teen are you kidding me you just pissed off everyone with a child so hopefully your ready for the aftermath the fuck is wrong with our governor omgggggg

  10. This is what happens when you have San Franfreakshow politicians running a formerly great state into the shit-show that SF has turned into…
    Absolutely disgusting….

  11. I hate living in this state so much. SF and LA filled our sate government with communists and pedophiles. Due to all these events going on, a lot of these lunatics are moving to other states. There’re going to vote the same way.

  12. Well, now we know who’s going to be bringing all those U-HAUL trucks BACK to California……Pedophiles from around the country joining the “Lust Rush”…..Sickening depravity !

  13. These sickies are not even trying to hide their lifestyle and disgusting depraved desires any longer. Their now obvious heartless lust for young boys is not only beyond sick, but very disturbing in that they seem to act as though their sick desires are normal while not even having the ability to realize they are far from normal but rather severe mental disorders.

  14. Yes, we need to become Red again, but unfortunately, that’s highly unlikely. Pelosi isn’t blood related to Newsom, but was once by marriage.

  15. I didn’t think Newsom was this stupid. This is pure red meat for Trump! He will say, “Look what CA wants to do all over the entire United States!”

  16. “It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
    It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” – Jesus
    And Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done. And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.
    – The Holy Bible (1st Kings 14:22 & 24)
    “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;” – 2nd Peter 2:6

  17. All of the comments appear to be emotionally charged – but appropriate given the nature of the subject matter. The long-short end of this is that concerned persons should stop wasting their breath because they cannot fight them, they cannot stop them – “old” California is lost. We read about these new bills which serve to reverse common sense morality using a mode of rationality we know cannot possibly be correct. Fight them in court maybe? Here we have a new problem. The way our CA courts now operate, although we have the long-established rule of law – it is now just a memory. Courts today, decide cases anyway they want and our appellate courts simply affirm blatant trial court errors and never publish the opinion – therefore it never happened. In the near-future our constitutionally based rule of law will have eroded into something resembling an “everything is right and nothing is wrong” based societal and justice system. Look around, it already includes examples such as gambling, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, social rights, defiance of federal law, prostitution, pornography, and what will soon be the “sex with children” industry. Don’t ask me how, but whatever the quest, they will find some insane reason to justify it, such as a child’s inalienable right to earn a lot of money for the purpose of procuring a secure future. See? almost sounds reasonable doesn’t it? In reality it is all about money. California is so deep into corruption, every court, agency and branch of the government is one-big happy crime family. The offspring of the 1940’s organized crime families went to law school and learned out to legally operate a criminal organization – they got into controlling the government by going to work for the government and taking over, one piece at a time – now they have all of it. The inmates have the keys to the asylum, while thousands of remaining of the “sane population” pour out of California monthly. The ones who can afford it, wisely do not stop their exodus until they reach another country. We need to pray for the safety of those left behind after we finally leave. Those left behind will be required to comply and assent or parish.

  18. After all this, the masses still voted in power to the democrats. Those of you that thought all of this so disgusting and had to leave their precious California and flock to other much better ran states, voted the same way.
    We do not want that shit in our states and will not lay back and watch it happen.

  19. This has nothing to do with gay sex, it covers all sexual encounters. That is the GOP lie they use to make you angry about it, they play you. It is a law that states that if the only offense you were convicted f was having sex, with consent, that after your sentence, if you only have the one charge, you don’t have to register.

    Do you know how many married couples had pre maritial sex, outside the “sweetheart gap” that now have to register for life because of it? That limits their work opportunities, where they can live etc. 10 years is a bit much, but it is to protect people in these situations. It doesn’t protect trafficking, pedophiles,
    rapists etc, that should register for life. Do you ever read the bill before you rant?

    Here is what it really says.

    This bill would exempt 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.

  20. several states age if consent is 14. most of those it’s also ok to marry your first cousin. these are all red states.
    not saying I like it but it is what it is.

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