Parents Press Charges Against Girl for 'Turning Their Daughter Gay'

kaitlyn huntWhen you hear about charges of "lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 - 16," you usually picture some gross middle-aged adult molesting a young teenager. As far as crimes go, this one is considered among the lowest. But what if those charges are against an 18-year-old girl? Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt has been charged with two counts of this felony based on a relationship she had with a 15-year-old girl.

Kaitlin and the unnamed teen began their consensual relationship at the beginning of the school year. When the younger girl's parents found out, they went on the offensive, calling the police, pushing to have Kaitlyn expelled from the high school both girls attend, even pressing charges. If you ask Kaitlyn's mother, the charges are motivated by homophobia.

Kelly Hunt Smith says in a Facebook post, "Free Kate":

They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter "made" their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter...

Those parents have forced the State Attorneys office to go thru [sic] with felony charges and are trying to ruin my daughters life. This is insane. This should have never been a legal matter, it is a family matter. They are trying to send an innocent young girl to prison because they are full of hate and bigotry. These girls are teenagers in high school, who had ONE mutual consenting sexual experience. My daughter isn’t a criminal, she isn’t a predator.

Wow, at least Kaitlyn's mom is supportive of her. The state is offering Kaitlyn a plea bargain of two years house arrest plus one year probation. And it's all for fooling around with another girl.

Quick raise of hands, everyone: Did any of you have an slightly older boyfriend when you were in high school? Can you imagine your parents pressing charges against him for some consensual heavy petting in the back seat of his car? Sure, they might be pissed. But pushing for a felony -- against a kid who is still in high school! Kate's mom is right. This is about homophobia.

Right now, all over this country, there are teenagers engaging in same-sex fooling around. Some of these kids are definitely gay, others are wondering if they are, and many are just plain curious. It's kind of how you figure it all out. (Be safe, kids!) I know there are parents who are deeply uncomfortable with this. But it's the reality.

What's not reality is this notion that you can "turn" someone gay. For the five billionth time, gay does not work that way. There's no gay switch. And it doesn't matter how much Kaitlyn is punished, it's not going to change who her friend is inside. There is nothing, NOTHING her parents can do to change her sexual orientation. And it's just fucking sad that her parents are incapable of offering her love and support and can only lash out in fear and hatred. Someone please tell me the next generation of parents is going to get this better.

There is a Change.org petition asking Assistant State Attorney Brian Workman to stop prosecuting Kaitlyn Hunt.

Do you think Kaitlyn should be charged with a felony?

 

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nonmember avatar Meg

Would this even be a discussion if it were a straight relationship? Boys are punished all the time for being with underage girls. Why should this girl be different? Underage is underage.

nonmember avatar damien

the parents are stupid..but the defenders are worse..equal rights are equal rights...they dont want equal here..they want special....if it was an 18 year old guy banging a 15 year old..the same charges would be filed...so buck up and enjoy your equal rights..the stir does love equality dont they?

nonmember avatar sarah

so the parents hate manages to get her treated like a straight man....perfect irony

Coles... Coles_mom

I would press charges against an 18 year old male or female with my underage kids. That's the law.

Serab... Serabelle

Similar situation happened to my cousin. He and his girlfriend started dating at 12 and 14, and had been sexually active since they were 14 & 16. Her parents knew and continued to let her date him. 3 data after he turned 18 they had him arrested. He got off completely clean because she took the stand to defend the relationship, plus has diaries stating conversations with her parents about her sexual activities. I hope this girl gets off too. 3 years is nothing. Within 3 years shouldn't be illegal as long as they are connecting

worki... workingmama86

Well, in Indiana, anyone 18 or older can not legally have a sexual relationship with anyone under the age of 16. I did have a boyfriend who turned 18 while I was still 15... but we started dating when he was 17.  He was the only guy I dated that was "older" until  I was 16. 

nonmember avatar Octoberbird

The homophobic parents of the girl were wrong to turn this into an anti-gay situation, but ANY 15 year old should not sleep with a legal adult, even if it was consensual.

Brain... BrainyMommy

It's Florida. Enough said. 

Jaime Swift Sundin

It sounds like those defending their daughter are saying it is because their daughter is gay and that is why they are pessing charges, but in reality the older girl is breaking the law and it has nothing to do with whom she finds attactive.  At age 15 you are not legally an adult and your parents are suppose to protect your children and look out for their well being, and that is what these parents are doing.  If it was a male that was 18 and the girl was 15 it would be the same charges and people would be asking for his head on a platter.

sassy... sassykat122

Wow the blatant reversal. I am glad other commenters felt the same. If my 15 year old child were involved with an 18 year old i would NOT be okay with it. Similarly if my 18 year old were to become involved with an underage i would do everything in my power to prevent it to protect my child. Maybe Kaitlyns mom should have counseled her daughter to be careful of such a relationship

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