Senate Bill 145, a law that exempts mandatory sex offender registration for adult men who sodomize boys as young as 14, has passed the California State Senate and is now on Gavin Newsom’s desk.
The bill was authored by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener, a member of both the LGBT and Jewish Caucus. Six out of seven Senators in Wiener’s Jewish caucus voted with him to pass the bill, the exception being Susan Rubio who appears to have been absent for the effort.
According to Wiener, California law discriminated against homosexual men because it allowed some exemptions to registration for men who commit natural sex acts with willing female minors close to them in age. Anal sexual contact puts one at significant risk of incurable diseases and trauma, for example homosexual acts are 18 times more likely to transmit HIV than vaginal intercourse, which makes different penalties reasonable.
But even Wiener’s assertion of “discrimination” is questionable. He made no attempt to mandate sex offender registry for adult men sleeping with teenage girls to bring about legal parity. Instead, under SB 145, a man in his mid-20s who is convicted of anal sex with a 15 year old boy can live anonymously in his community.
Senator Wiener’s legislative history is niche, perverted and disturbing. In 2017, Wiener authored a bill that reduced the penalty for deliberately exposing someone to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. Governor Jerry Brown signed this into law.
Wiener, representing his disproportionately “LGBT” constituents, has also been a crusader against the concept of a sex offender registry in and of itself. SB 384, also written by the gay Jewish Senator, allows sex offender registration to expire after a certain period of time via court petition. The law will be put into effect on January 1st, 2021.
Wiener’s SB592, specifically intended to reduce the representation of white people in jury pools, is also expected to become law.
The media has worked to aid the prolific legislator, including amplifying Wiener’s claims that critics of legal changes he is making to laws punishing sexual contact with minors are all Q-Anon kooks and conspiracy theorists.
But taking into account California’s proposition system and the potential ramifications SB145 will personally have on families, if only fringe lunatics have reservations about punishing grown homosexual men who prey on teenagers why didn’t they put this up for referendum instead?
California today has come to embody a failed state. It’s majority minority population, banana republic levels of wealth inequality, mass corruption, crumbling infrastructure and high cost of living have culminated to create a neo-liberal dystopia. The same state Senate that promised to extend \$600 weekly unemployment pay outs wound up excluding this from its new fiscal budget while simultaneously creating \$54 billion in new deficits.
Wiener’s legislative agenda does not coincide at all with the interests and needs of the average non-LGBT Californian.