Monday, February 14, 2011

Love Story

It's Valentine's Day in Querétaro, the conservative, ultra-Catholic state where Burro Hall Enterprises is headquartered, which seems to us a good time to note that, despite (or perhaps because of?) being a conservative, ultra-Catholic state, the age of consent here is still 12 years old. And while raping 12-year-old children is generally frowned upon - punishable by "up to" six years in prison - Querétaro is one of ten Mexican states which will drop the charges if the aggressor marries the victim.

If, like us, you assumed someone was just making that up, you can find it in the Querétaro Penal Code [pdf]:

Article 153: When the offender contracts marriage with the offended person, the prosecution or carrying out of the sentence will be terminated...except if the marriage should be nullified or ended.

Awww....Don't you just love a happy ending?

(And before we get all jingoistic and superior, let's note that things really aren't all that much better in New Jersey.)

Of course - being a conservative, ultra-Catholic state - gay marriage isn't recognized here. So if a guy rapes a 12-year-old boy, he's still on the hook for "up to" six years in jail. Just something for our readers in the sexual-predator community to keep in mind if you're planning a visit.


Dave said...

Bastardy?? My dictionary defines it as the state of being illegitimate. And New Jersey of all places...or Qro. for that matter....

Anyway, seems not so much a happy ending as a doomed beginning. I'm sure it's what God had in mind for the Holy Institution.

Anonymous said...

Well, just to nitpick, but the law only says that marriage changes things from presumption of guilt to presumption of innocence.