Sodomy bans were ruled unconstitutional in 2003, but more than a dozen states still have it as an illegal act. Michigan’s ban on bestiality also includes anal sex as a felony as per the wording of the latest bill: “the abominable and detestable crime against nature with mankind or with any animal.” Technically, a person could get up to 15 years in prison for breaking this state law.
With this bill passing in the Senate, it now goes to the House where hopefully they can take out that “with mankind” part of the bill, which keeps sodomy illegal. The bill also includes some key aspects to animal rights, which is why it is passing along, but trying to get the sodomy ban out of it could cause problems. In an interview about this bill with The New Civil Rights Movement, Michigan Senator Rick Jones said:
“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.”
So that’s how our political system works. We can keep completely unconstitutional bans on how people have sex because it is included in another part of a bill. You would think Michigan politicians would have more important things to worry about during the Flint, Michigan water Crisis…
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