A person is guilty of sodomy when that person engages in deviant sexual intercourse with another person, without that person’s consent.
These children will continue to be presumed adults by the state’s criminal justice system.
But most youth advocates still enthusiastically support the new law, in large part because it will divert all of the more than 17,000 youth aged 16 to 17 accused of misdemeanors each year to family court.
The new law bans marriage altogether for those aged 14 to 17 and requires 17-year-olds to obtain both parental and judicial approval before they are allowed to exchange vows.
Judges will be given guidelines to help them decide whether a 17-year-old wishes to enter into a marriage freely.