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True or false: two 15-year-olds engaged in a consensual make out session is the same as a child being sexually abused.
The answer depends on whether you’re Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline or the judge who, on April 19, basically told Kline he was out of his mind.
It is true that “lewd touching” (along with intercourse and oral sex) by anyone under the age of 16 is illegal in Kansas. And if Kline had his way, he would know about each and every illicit instance.
According to the New York Times, Kline wanted to “require doctors, school counselors and psychotherapists, among others, to report all sexual activity by people under 16, from kissing to sexual intercourse.”
A group of said doctors, counselors and therapists filed a class action suit, which they, thankfully, won (though Kline is likely to appeal).
Why on earth would Kline want to do this in the first place? Well, it all comes down to the unborn. You see, Kline is a tad abortion obsessed, and somehow in his mind, busting every zit-faced teen playing tonsil hockey will reduce the number of abortions. Ironically, requiring folks to tattle on young people requesting contraception (thereby discouraging them from using it) was also part of his plan.
Kline is no stranger to medical privacy trampling. He’s been trying to get his hands on patient information at two Kansas abortion clinics for quite some time now. On Feb. 3 the Kansas Supreme Court told him no.
What does this have to do with gays, you ask? Well, it’s no secret that most right-wingers against abortion rights – not to mention right-wingers obsessed with the sex everyone else is having – are also none too fond of the gays. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the anti-gay right is really the anti-sex right. Gays are only the beginning and Kline has the anti-gay record to prove it.
Kline vigorously defended the 206 month prison sentence of Matthew Limon, a newly turned 18-year-old busted for performing oral sex on another teenager. Unfortunately for Limon, that other teen was a guy. Had it been a girl, he would have gotten a maximum of 15 months under a law romantically referred to as the “Romeo and Juliet” law.
And that’s the way it should be, said Kline. According to a 2003 press release by the American Civil Liberties Union who defended Limon, “In his brief, Kline makes several outrageous arguments, among them that the state should be able to punish gay teenagers more harshly under the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ law because doing so would encourage heterosexual teenagers to marry. Kline also asserts that the discrimination is constitutional because it encourages unmarried teens to get pregnant. In statements to the press, Kline has said that changing the law would lead to bestiality and the destruction of marriage.”
Logic clearly isn’t Kline’s strong suit. Kind of a frightening thing considering he’s an attorney general.
Contact him if you so desire by clicking your heels together three times or by calling 785-296-2215.