FLORIDA’S ROMEO AND JULIET LAW WOULD NOT HAVE APPLIED TO ROMEO AND JULIET. ROMEO WOULD STILL HAVE HAD TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER.

Florida Statute, 943.04354 otherwise known as the Romeo And Juliet Law allows certain sex offenders to not have to register themselves as sex offenders. One of the main requirements of the statute is that the sex was consensual and that the two people not be more than 4 years apart in age. Also, the alleged victim must have been at least 14 years of age and no older than 17 when the consensual sex took place.  Basically the law is trying to treat statutory rape differently than what Senator Akin calls, “Legitimate Rape,” (whatever that means?).  Since Juliet was 13, Romeo himself would not have been able to avail himself of the Romeo and Juliet law, but instead would have had to register as a sex offender. Perhaps this is the real reason Romeo kills himself. I thought maybe the name of the law could be changed to the Bella And Edward law, but Bella was 18, and Edward was a 108 year old Vampire when they had sex.  Gay activists are upset the law is not called the Romeo And Romeo or Juliet And Juliet Law. No one really knows the age of Romeo. (People claim Romeo was 17, but nowhere in the play is his age revealed.)

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