A bill that has just passed the California State Senate could effectively make criminals out of many people- just for having sex.
The bill, SB 967, would require "affirmative consent" before college-age couples can have sex. This would essentially outlaw sex that is had "while in the heat of passion".
From Breitbart News:
SB 967, amended last week by state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), would mandate that college students obtain "an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity."
"Obviously, there is a problem," he said in the report. "SB 967 will change the equation so the system is not stacked against survivors by establishing an affirmative consent policy to make it clear that only 'yes' means 'yes.'"
According to the language of the bill, "consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter, and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent."
While the bill appears to be motivated by the noble intention of addressing sexual assault on university campuses, it can lead to an absurd dating environment and over time, criminalize most people who have sex.
The bill could open the door to the prosecution of a partner for rape, if the other partner regrets having sex with them the next day, even though they had no problem with it before or during the act.
Unfortunately, we already have a glimpse of the future of dating in California, via the "love contract skit" of the Chappelle Show. (Caution: the clip is a little risque, so viewer discretion is advised.)