The age of consent in Georgia and Hawaii was 14 until it was increased in 19, respectively.
In Alabama in 2012 State Representative Mac Mc Cutcheon sponsored a bill to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18 in the state legislature. In 2006, following the infamous case of Genarlow Wilson (Wilson v.
There have been many initiatives to raise the age of consent.
Gratian, a canon lawyer in the 12th century, stated that consent could not take place before 7 years of age.
However, the "social purity movement" and other woman-led reform groups began advocating a raise in the age of consent to 16, wanting to raise it ultimately to 18, and by 1920 almost all states had raised their age of consent to 16 or 18.
By the middle 1970s there was a widespread sympathy among certain activist groups for lowering the age of consent for all sexual activities (partially due to the disparate ages of consent for same-sex and opposite-sex sexual activity), These tensions and antagonisms continued among activist circles until the 1980s; however, since the 1970s, gay liberationist groups promoting frontline advocacy against the age of consent were falling into decline.
Some pedophiles have called to abolish the age of consent to allow adults to have sex freely with prepubescent children, arguing they can consent.