|Subject:||Re: Legal Age? [was: Officially...]|
|Date:||Tue, 15 Sep 1998 16:19:26 -0400|
> > From: Erik Jameson <erikj@****.COM>
> > >> Drinking
> > >
> > >You need consent???
> > No, you need a legal right though. And that right is granted currently
> > 21. I could see this dropping to 18 though.
> I'd be willing to bet its going to drop to 18, or at least 21 with
> exceptions. There's quite a bit of push for it, and more and more I'm
> seeing people who are passing 21 and still advocating lowering it (myself,
> for example... I suggest 21 or a high school graduate)
> > >> Sexual Consent
> > >
> > >You need consent??? From the partner, oh, okay, I get it now.... :P
> > >Seriously though, if you mean "Parental Consent" or
> Adults", that
> > >would vary widely. Also would depend on how strict corporate or
> > >population controls were.
> Just a sec ::rifles through his Playboys:: Age of consent in the US today
> ranges from 14 (in Hawaii and Pennsylvania) to 18 (Alaska, Arkansas,
> Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, North Dakota,
> Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin), with the majority of
> states falling at 16. Contrary to the ruling opinion, I don't think this
> is likely to go down for orks or trolls simply because they mature faster.
> I think it is one part lawmakers not caring much (I get the impression
> that many orks and trolls are SINless, or not frequent voters), one part
> the aspect of mental maturity. A lot more is required to be a consenting
> adult than the ability to get off.
That is a rather simplistic statement of the current state of the law. (If
you really want them I can give you more detialed sitations, but this is
all coming out of chapter 794, Florida Statutes.
At 18 you can consent to any sexual activity.
At 16 or 17 you can consent to sexual activity UNLESS your partner is 24
years or older. If your partner is over 24 you may still consent if the
disabilities of non-age have been removed (either by getting mearried or
by court order).
Finally, if the "victim" is 12 or older and the "offender" is under 18
not in a position of "familial or custodial authority" no crime has been
Given this information, I would argue that the state of the law will not
change. The important thing here is the difference in age - which means
that two 13 years old orcs will not be in danger, but a 32 year old who
decides that 13 year old kids are fun still will be. I find this to be
I did look this up as well while I had the statute books out. Florida does
not allow gun ownership until the age of 18 though possession is legal if
the minor is being supervised by a parent or guardian. Oh, for a concealed
weapons permit, the age is 21.