The problem, from what I can gather from limited resources at this time, is the fact that there is a very broad definition of the protected behavior. This leads to a danger that someone that is being tried for some kinds of sexual assault could potentially use this bill as a defense.
At this point, that's all I can say that I know about it. I have heard (and, I have to admit, spread) some more sensational rumors about these bills. I certainly have some more concerns about it, but so far have nothing to back things up. Even having read the bills*, that's all I can say. For a non-lawyer type like myself, I have a hard time discerning anything more about the legal implications therein contained. (Why do lawyers and only lawyers use words like "whereas" and "heretofore" and "therein"? I don't even know if those are all real words! They just fit my legal language stereotypes. Wherefore, it slightly amused me to use some of these made up words in a sentence. Yeah, it doesn't take much to amuse me, either.)
I want to go try to learn some more about it. And by "go", I mean sit on my couch and let the internet take me places. I would love to hear what the congress people were getting as they prepared to vote. Maybe I'll have to actually take a look at what was presented as pros and cons for the bill as they were preparing to vote on it. Hmm, sounds good, but a little ambitious for a lazy bum like myself. I don't even know where I would look for such a thing. I am also reminded very strongly about how vague my knowledge of government is. It's like the making of sausage. I'm not sure how much I want to know. Anyway, I'll let you know what I find out (if I get that far). It's Friday night. I guarantee I will make it no farther than that on the subject tonight.
*Yes, I actually went to the Library of Congress site and read the bills! Are you impressed? Because I sure am. I know that it's not cool to be that impressed with myself, but I'm not going to lie. I'm impressed. Tell me, when was the last time you actually read a bill?? (I am speaking to the general population, not anyone whose job involves reading bills in some way.) I feel a little more educated now, so I can go back to other important business... for example, have you seen the latest episode of Lost? Whoa! So much going on, I don't know if I can handle it! And how many episodes are left this year? Because there are a lot of story threads that I can see that they are going to leave hanging, AND THAT IS NOT OKAY!! Alright. I've said my piece. Over and out.