A Michigan bill designed to keep pets out of animal abusers’ hands is bringing the state’s unconstitutional sodomy ban to the forefront once again. The bill effectively bans all forms of sodomy, anal, oral, gay and non-gay making the acts punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Michigan is not alone in the oppressive unconstitutional legislation. Michigan, along with Idaho, Utah, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, all have laws on the books making consensual oral and anal sex, illegal, between all individuals. Montana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, have only outlawed these acts if those engaged in them are gay.
A number of media outlets have raised concerns about those anti-sodomy laws because Michigan legislators voted on an important package bill called Logan’s Law.
After passing Bill 219 in a 37-1 vote last week, a new “wrinkle” has emerged. The bill includes an update to the language of the state’s existing ban on sodomy, which states “a person who commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature either with mankind or with any animal is guilty of a felony” which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Removing the words “either with mankind”, but according to Senator Rick Jones, this is too difficult.
“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,” Jones said. “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.”
Jones added that he believes the only way to repeal the sodomy ban would be a bill striking all unconstitutional laws from the state’s books.
“But if you focus on it, people just go ballistic,” he said. “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.”