Kansas Court Ensures Fair Treatment for Gay Youth

In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court struck
down today a law that sent Matthew Limon, a gay teen, to prison for 17
years when a heterosexual teen would have been sentenced to only 15
months.

"The Kansas Supreme Court leveled the playing field today," said Human
Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "We teach our children not to
treat people differently but our law does just that. Matthew Limon has
served more than his time and we applaud the American Civil Liberties
Union and the Court for this important victory for equal treatment under
the law."

Matthew Limon lived in a school for developmentally impaired teens in
2000 when he, a week after turning 18, and another teen, 14, had sexual
contact. Limon was sentenced to 17 years in prison. But under the
state's so-called "Romeo and Juliet" law, heterosexual teens in the same
experience would have received no longer than 15 months.

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