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May 25, 2013

“Free Kate” campaign missing the point

NORMAN — Apparently, it is not enough to tolerate, accept or even endorse the gay agenda. Now, unless you tolerate and accept criminal behavior committed by gays, you are a hater.

Believe it — that is the very public argument being made in behalf of Florida high-school cheerleader Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, who faces criminal charges for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

I keep hearing gay rights advocates claim they’re in a fight for equality. Apparently, as in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” they want to be more equal than others.

The case has gained national attention since Hunt’s family and other defenders have launched a petition drive demanding that the Florida state attorney drop the case. That campaign includes T-shirts labeled, “Stop the hate, Free Kate.”

They are not saying, of course, that every time a prosecutor files criminal charges for an alleged sex crime that it is an act of hate. No, it is only hateful if the alleged perpetrator is gay.

Hunt’s parents insist that the only reason their daughter is being charged is because she allegedly (although both participants have admitted it) had sex with another female – that the matter would have been ignored if the participants were heterosexual.

This is absurd on more than one level. First, it is wrong on the facts. As Lisa Bloom, the legal analyst for the Today show noted, 90 percent of the cases prosecuted for statutory rape (an adult having sex with a minor) are brought against males where the victim is female.

“Overwhelmingly, it’s heterosexual boys who are prosecuted for this,” she said – perhaps inadvertently missing the fact that in the eyes of the law they are men, not boys.

But Hunt’s defenders don’t let the facts get in the way of their argument: Because this was a gay encounter, she should get a pass.

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