by Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews
As more than two dozen Democrats compete for the party’s nomination to run against President Donald Trump next year, several have found themselves confronted with the question of whether to legalize prostitution, and have either endorsed or refused to dismiss the idea.
CBS News reports that the field is currently struggling with the once-taboo proposal, an indicator that the Democrat Party’s social liberalism extends well beyond the candidates’ uniformly left-wing views on abortion and LGBT issues.
The candidates who have come out in favor of decriminalizing “sex work” so far include Senator Kamala Harris (a reversal of her stance as a former prosecutor) and Cory Booker, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and former Senator Mike Gravel. “The real question here is what will make sex workers safer and reduce exploitation, and abundant evidence points to decriminalization,” Booker claimed.
Senator Bernie Sanders recently said he would “take a hard look at it” but was unprepared to offer a “definitive answer,” citing the potential ramifications for sex trafficking. Former Comgressman Beto O’Rourke said he was unsure, and Senator Elizabeth Warren said she was “open to decriminalization” but didn’t want to “undermine legal protections for the most vulnerable.”
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