Thursday, May 30, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #110 - Part 5

Update 2: Kaitlyn Hunt

The second update refers to the case of Kaitlyn Hunt, the 18-year-old high school senior facing felony charges with a possible 15-year term over a same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old classmate.

Persecutors had offered her what they claimed was a "very generous deal" under which she would have been labeled a sex offender and been under house arrest for two years. The deal has been refused.

Hunt’s lawyer, Julia Graves, said that “If this case involved a boy and girl, there would be no media attention to this case. If this incident occurred 108 days earlier when Kaitlyn was 17, we wouldn’t even be here.”

There are those who claim that homophobia is not the driving force here despite the rarity with which charges are ever brought in cases of high school sex, citing two cases where a teenage boy was successfully prosecuted for having sex with a younger girl. Unfortunately for those folks, both those cases involve a black boy and a white girl, which would seem to re-raise the question of bigotry in the decision to prosecute which they had hoped to put aside.


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