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Holy Unconstitutionality, Batman!
But if you're gonna put your thing on 'em, you better put a ring on 'em!

The state Senate wants to make

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Hey, Teachers, Leave Those Not-Kids Alone

batman&robin.jpg
Holy Unconstitutionality, Batman!
But if you're gonna put your thing on 'em, you better put a ring on 'em!

The state Senate wants to make it a crime for adult high school employees to have sex with 18-to-21-year-old adult students--unless, of course, they're married to the students. The bill--passed unanimously today--was inspired by an appeals court decision that cleared a teacher who had sex with his 18-year-old student.

It seems like this would trigger all sorts of constitutional alarms. One wonders what the US Supreme Court's ruling in Lawrence v. Texas--the case that struck down Texas' gay sodomy law--means for the freedom of adults to engage in private, consensual sex, if not that adults have the freedom to engage in private consensual sex. We asked the ACLU of Washington about the bill, but they declined comment, saying they hadn't yet reviewed it.

Finally, what's with the marriage exception? (And what if they're just domestic partners? We're guessing in that case they're screwed--and will no longer be screwing.) 18-year-old students aren't mature enough to decide to have casual sex, but they are mature enough to get married? Oh yeah, they're legally entitled to the latter, because they're adults. Just like they're legally required to register for the draft (at least the male ones are). Any thoughts on that, Senators? We submit that if they're licensed to kill, then they oughta be licensed to be hot for teacher as well.

 
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