However, critics have pointed out it could also allow a 24-year-old to avoid having to register as a sex offender after having sex with a 14-year-old.
“There are times as a Senator when I take great pride in my votes & actions. While I am disgusted by this legislation, I was proud to stand with my Senate Republican colleagues on behalf of families, parents, & children to vote against #SB145 & to help #SaveOurChildren,” Grove wrote in a Sept. 1 tweet.
Opposition to the bill didn’t just come from the right.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, spoke out against the bill when it came to the Assembly floor for a vote.
“I cannot in my mind, as a mother, understand how sex between a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old could ever be consensual. How it could ever not be a registerable offense?” Gonzalez said.
The assemblywoman said she understood the intent of the bill but couldn’t support it. She was among the 25 who voted against the bill in the Assembly. It passed with 41 votes, with 13 Assembly members not voting. The bill also cleared the Senate, 23-10, with seven senators not voting.