Should sex between consenting adults be a felony, if one is a tea
Should the government make it illegal, and a felony at that, for two consenting adults to have sex? Well, Republicans are actually pretty big on making certain acts of consenting adults, illegal. They are the strongest supporters of prostitution laws, a sizable percentage of them still support anti-gay sodomy laws, etc. Many of them favor outright banning of adult pornography. They just don't like people having sex with other people.
In Michigan there is a bill, that probably will pass, that will make it a crime for a school employee (who could be a 19 year old student teacher) who has sex with an 18 year old student. Both adults. Now, first of all, if a teacher has sex with an 18 year old student, he or she should be fired. It is an abuse of authority and position. A total conflict of interest. But, such a law would make a felony even if the teacher never had the student in his/her class. Indeed, the janitor or school cook could be charged under this poorly written bill.
When society charges someone with a crime, especially a felony, that is a big deal. Felonies costs society (and us) a lot of money to enforce. They ruin lives, depending on the alleged offense. We must ask ourselves do we ruin the life of a 22 year old teacher for having sex with an 18 year old student who might not even be in her/his class? Indeed, would this make the teacher a registered sex offender who has to move constantly based on restrictions where those offenders can live? Public policy should be smart, not dumb.