With issues such as the struggling economy, income inequality and America’s broken healthcare system all growing more complex and more pressing by the day, its always good to see elected legislators stepping up and taking action on things that truly matter. Unfortunately, in the Virginia state senate, this is simply not the case.
Wednesday Republican state Senator Thomas Garrett, a self-described “Cuccinelli conservative,” filed a bill which he feels is vital to preserving the American way of life. His agenda? Declaring oral and anal sex by minors a felony.
His efforts come after the failed attempts last year by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to outlaw the same-sex acts with the U.S. Supreme Court striking down his proposals, as well as discovering that dictating to people in a free country what kinds of sex they’re allowed to have is one of the quickest ways to sink a gubernatorial campaign.
The state’s own commission on criminal sentencing found, following an impact study on the proposal, that if passed the law would require additional beds in prisons at a bare minimum cost of $50,000 to Virginia taxpayers. The study made it clear however that such figures were loose estimates at best and were difficult to fully theoretically tally over a proposed six-year period.
When drafting the bill, Garrett sought to target minors in the hopes that such would make it possible to circumvent the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, in which the court ruled that state sodomy laws were unconstitutional.
The bill has no sponsors or backers other than Garrett presently and unless the statehouse cafeteria has started using lead paint chips as seasoning in their kitchen, its highly unlikely to become law.