Thursday, June 1, 2006

Y'all have probably heard already about the pedophiles in the Netherlands trying to form a political party, proposing to lower the age of consent from 16 to 12, the legalization of bestiality, and the broadcasting of porn on daytime television.

I'm sure the religious in this country will sputter indignantly about this, at the least, and probably find a way to pin this on the gays. But before all that happens, I'd like to recall a story from March:

The [Kansas] Senate took up a bill last week that sets a minimum age for marriage at 16 with parental consent. The bill was prompted by a case in which a 21-year-old Nebraska man came to Kansas to marry a 13-year-old girl pregnant with his child. Kansas currently has no minimum marriage age.

Before the Senate approved the bill, Sen. Kay O'Connor, an Olathe Republican, pushed through an amendment to allow those under 16 to marry if a judge agrees it’s in their best interest. O'Connor, a supporter of last year’s ban on gay marriage, said she would rather not set any minimum.

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