It was a quiet ceremony. Elizabeth Miklosovic had an outdoor wedding in June 2004 in Michigan's Manistee National Forest, where the couple lit candles and exchanged vows. Miklosovic's marriage lasted only a few months, however. Later that year, the mother of the bride found out that her daughter had, at age 13, become the lesbian "wife" of Miklosovic, who had been the girl's language arts teacher at Baseline Middle School in South Haven, Michigan. For some reason, state law did not recognize the legitimacy of Miklosovic's pagan lesbian marriage, and she was convicted of felony sex offenses and sentenced to prison.
Today's Supreme Court decision declaring that Congress has no authority to limit federal recognition of same-sex marriage did nothing to ameliorate the unfair discrimination against lesbian middle-school teachers and their pagan child-brides -- at least not in the short term.
However, Wednesday's ruling by Justice Anthony Kennedy did invoke the authority of the Court's 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, which in the course of invalidating state laws against sodomy, cited the "emerging awareness that liberty gives substantial protection to adult persons in deciding how to conduct their private lives in matters pertaining to sex.” Perhaps, in Miklosovic's pagan belief system, seventh-graders count as "adult persons." Who knows whither the "emerging awareness" shall henceforth emerge?
It is customary for gay-rights activists to scream "bigot" and "homophobe" at anyone who so much as hints that some gay people want to have sex with minors. Alas, these facts are guilty of homophobic bigotry:
- Coach Reanna Jewell, 25, accused of sex with a 16-year-old female basketball player.
- Physical education teacher Rita Brum, 24, accused of sex with a 17-year-old female student.
- Physical education teacher Abigail Holloway, 33, was arrested for her affair with a female student that began eight years earlier when the girl was 13.
(By the way, the same people who object vehemently to any categorical association of homosexuality with pedophilia also say it's an unfair stereotype that women P.E. teachers are often lesbians.)
The gay-rights movement's most recent effort to legalize sex with minors involves the case of accused sex offender Kaitlyn Hunt, who faces felony charges in Florida related to an affair (which Hunt admits) with a 14-year-old girl. According to the arrest affidavit, 18-year-old Hunt, then a senior at Sebastian River High School, first had sex with the freshman in a toilet stall at the school, and subsequently at Hunt's home, after the younger girl ran away from home.
Nadine Smith of Equality Florida, the state's largest gay-rights group, has demanded that prosecutors drop the charges against Hunt, calling it "outrageous" to prosecute her under Florida's law that makes it a felony for anyone 18 or older to have sex with anyone 15 or younger. What Kaitlyn did with her 14-year-old basketball teammate is, according to the ACLU, "both fairly innocuous and extremely common,” which might come as shocking news to any parent who has read the arrest affidavit in the case.
At any rate, we are assured, it was consensual, and anything consensual is OK with the ACLU, even lesbian dildo sex with runaway 14-year-olds. The ACLU and Kaitlyn Hunt's gay-rights supporters say all they care about is equality and liberty, but in fact they are advocating what Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel has called "sexual anarchy."
Two years ago, Barber attended a Maryland conference of activists who want to descriminalize sex with minors. “Children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with adults, it was claimed at the conference. Pedophiles are “unfairly stigmatized and demonized” by society, the activists said, complaining that their preferences are encumbered by a “cultural baggage of wrongfulness.” In January, some scoffed at Rush Limbaugh for saying there is "an effort under way to normalize pedophila." Yet there is indeed such an effort. I reported about it in 2012, when one opponent warned: “Some people view children as the next sexual frontier."
In Florida, the ACLU wants to legalize gay sex with 14-year-old runaways, but that might unfairly discriminate against those who want to have straight sex with 13-year-old runaways:
[A 13-year-year-old girl] was found earlier this month at a home on a cul-de-sac in an upscale neighborhood in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta. Authorities in Cobb County say the teenager had been secretly living in the basement bedroom of Kennesaw State University student Joshua Harry Measroch, 21. ...
Measroch met the girl through an online dating site, police said, and “drove 50 miles to the girl’s home and picked her up without the permission of her parents,” the Marietta Daily Journal reported. Police say Measroch .... kept the runaway in hidden in his bedroom at the home where he lived with his parents. Measroch had sex with the girl several times before he was taken into custody June 5, officials said.
Some judgmental types will probably call Joshua Measroch a pervert, but the ACLU may consider him a civil rights activist being persecuted for disobeying Georgia's unjust laws against sex with middle-schoolers. And after all, it was consensual, just like Elizabeth Miklosovic's pagan wedding to her seventh-grade child bride. At a court hearing in the case, the girl called Miklosovic "a wonderful woman" and denied that her lesbian teacher had "manipulated or taken advantage of" her. No, the girl testified: "It was completely consensual."
So there it is again, the magic word, "consensual." And in this enlightened age of social progress, how long can America continue refusing to recognize the right to have consensual sex with 13-year-olds? I'm sure Justice Kennedy can find it in the Constitution somewhere.
There are those who hope that the "emerging awareness" will emerge in other directions. Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist, told BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins that polygamy advocates are "happy" with Wednesday's gay-marriage decision, saying the Court has "taken a step in correcting some inequality." But as I remarked on Twitter, "Polygamists will have to get in line behind the Jailbait Liberation Movement."