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Teen girl arrested for relationship with another girl in Florida

The father of a Florida teenage girl arrested for engaging in consensual sexual relations with another teenage girl has launched a petition drive on his daughter’s behalf.

Steven Hunt’s petition at Change.org has collected more than 64,000 signatures in a day. It is addressed to Bruce Colton, Indian River County state attorney, and Brian Workman, assistant state attorney.

Hunt, of Palm Bay, Fla., is campaigning on behalf of his daughter, Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old senior at a Florida high school. She is facing felony charges for her relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

In the petition, Steven Hunt says, “My daughter Kaitlyn is a wonderful 18-year-old who is not guilty of anything other than a high school romance, but is being prosecuted for 2 felony counts of ‘lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12-16 years of age,’ because she has a girlfriend who is 15.”

He says the parents of the other girl are seeking charges because they object to the same-sex relationship.

Steven Hunt says, “The two girls began dating while Kaitlyn was 17 but her girlfriend’s parents blamed Kaitlyn for their daughter’s homosexuality. They waited until after Kaitlyn turned 18 and went to the police to have charges brought against her.”

He also says his daughter is a “highly respected student” at Sebastian River High School, with :good grades and participation in cheerleading, basketball and chorus. She was even voted ‘most school spirit.’ Now she’s been expelled from school and is facing serious felonies– all because she is in love.”

Kelly Hunt Smith says on Facebook that her daughter’s “girlfriend denies that Kaitlyn ever pressured her and is adamant that their relationship is entirely consensual, but her parents are out to destroy Kaitlyn’s life.”

Florida law treats a 15-year-old as a minor and says that a minor cannot legally consent.

Hunt says that if she is convicted, she faces jail or house arrest, and also could be required to register in Florida as a sex offender.

On the Web…

http://www.change.org/petitions/assistant-state-attorney-brian-workman-stop-the-prosecution-of-an-18-year-old-girl-in-a-same-sex-relationship

LGBT groups urge swift investigation into shooting of lesbian couple

Two LGBT groups are urging the U.S. Justice Department, as well as police in Portland, Texas, to continue investigating the shooting of teenage lesbian girlfriends. One girl died, another was seriously wounded.

The girls were found on June 23 in a park in Portland. They may have been shot, at close range with a large caliber gun, nine hours earlier.

Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in Portland by a couple on June 23.

Olgin, originally from Ingleside but more recently a resident of Corpus Christi, died of a gunshot wound to the neck. Her family wrote in an obituary, “Mollie touched the lives of everyone and will always be remembered for her intelligence, beauty, compassion, humor and her kind heart.”

Chapa, of Sinton, was rushed to a hospital where she had surgery and was in serious but stable condition on June 24. She was still in the hospital on June 25.

Friends said the girls had been together five months.

The park was mostly frequented by visitors during the day. It is located along a bluff overlooking a bay.

Neighbors told police that they heard what could have been gunshots on June 22. Bullet casings were recovered at the scene.

With no arrests and no known motive, the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., has reached out to local law enforcement officials and the Justice Department, offering any assistance. 

HRC president Chad Griffin said, “I want to express my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this horrific crime. Two young lesbian women were shot and one lost her life. Regardless of the motivation behind this tragedy, we must send a strong message that violence against anyone is never acceptable. We have reached out to law enforcement officials at both the federal and local level, and hope to see a thorough investigation. These women, and all victims of violent crimes, deserve nothing less.”

Equality Texas also issued a statement: “Equality Texas joins with the Human Rights Campaign in urging a swift and thorough investigation of this crime. We applaud the Department of Justice Community Relations Service for quickly offering their assistance.”

Equality Texas is planning a candlelight vigil on June 29 in Violet Andrews Park in Portland.

A vigil also was being planned for June 27 in San Francisco at Harvey Milk Plaza.

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