Bill Number: HB 71
Bill Description: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of indecency with a child.
Author: González (D-Clint)
Stance: Support
Related Bills: SB 492
Committee: Criminal Jurisprudence

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Analysis

Currently under Texas law, it is legal for minors to engage in sexual relationships with somebody within three years of their own age... as long as the person is of the opposite sex. This law makes it a criminal act for a homosexual minor to engage in a sexual relationship. The bill would strike the portion of the law speaking to the gender of those involved.

Position

The differential treatment of homosexual minors in Texas is an unnecessary discrimination, serves no secular purpose, and is likely an attempt by some to enforce their personal religious dogma through law.

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