California governor signs bill changing sex offender law

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 9:51 AM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 12:53:00-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law that would give judges a say on whether to list someone as a sex offender for having oral or anal sex with a minor.

The bill — touted as bringing legal equality to LGBTQ defendants — was signed Friday.

Currently, judges can decide whether to put someone on the sex offender registry only if the case involved a man having voluntary vaginal intercourse.

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The measure expands that discretion to cases involving oral or anal sex.