Michigan Senate Passes Bill Making Consensual Adult Behavior, Of The Oral Variety, A Felony

Aaron Homer

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Michigan lawmakers have passed a bill that would make oral sex between consenting adults a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, even though anti-sodomy laws have already been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

As The New Civil Rights Movement reports, the language making oral sex between adults a felony was added at the last minute to an existing package of bills that has absolutely nothing to do with sex. The so-called "Logan's Law," named after a badly-abused Siberian Husky, is intended to prevent people with animal abuse convictions from owning pets.

"A person who commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature either with mankind or with any animal is guilty of a felony..."

And Rick Jones is just fine with that.

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"The minute I cross that line and I start talking about the other stuff, I won't even get another hearing. It'll be done. Nobody wants to touch it. I would rather not even bring up the topic, because I know what would happen. You'd get both sides screaming and you end up with a big fight that's not needed because it's unconstitutional."
"But if you focus on it, people just go ballistic. If we could put a bill in that said anything that's unconstitutional be removed from the legal books of Michigan, that's probably something I could vote for, but am I going to mess up this dog bill that everybody wants? No."

Nevertheless, that hasn't stopped some lawmakers from trying to revive old anti-sodomy laws or even create new ones. Viriginia's Ken Cuccinelli, for example, tried in 2013 to re-instate Virginia's "Crimes Against Nature Law," according to a Think Progress report at the time.

"If any person carnally knows in any manner any brute animal, or carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth, or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony…"

Even if anti-sodomy laws could pass Constitutional muster, they would be next to impossible to enforce. As Addicting Info points out, enforcing them would require "millions of dollars, a spying program, and a cop in every household."

The Michigan bill to ban oral sex between consenting adults has been passed by the Senate, but has yet to be considered in the House, where it faces an uncertain future.

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