Despite the fact that Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court struck down the sodomy law in Texas and, by extension, invalidated sodomy laws in all other states. The Republican controlled Michigan Senate has passed a bill that effectively reaffirms the state’s unconstitutional law making sodomy a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Michigan’s is one of the few states that make oral and anal sex crimes illegal regardless of whether they’re same-sex or different-sex and who’s unconstitutional sodomy ban is intertwined with a prohibition on bestiality – effectively equating the two. The law makes it a felony for anyone to commit “the abominable and detestable crime against nature with mankind or with any animal.” If the person is already a sex offender, violations are punishable by life in prison.
For the last several years, Michigan legislators have been trying to pass an important package of bills referred to as Logan’s Law, designed to keep pets out of the hands of animal abusers, according to The Detroit Free Press. Among the bills in the Logan’s Law package — named for a Siberian husky who died tragically after acid was intentionally poured on him — is Senate Bill 219, by GOP Sen. Rick Jones. In addition to barring convicted animal abusers from owning pets for five years, SB 219 would update language in the state’s ban on bestiality and sodomy as follows:
SB 219 passed the Senate Thursday, with the above language intact, and is expected to be considered by the House as early as next week.
But according to Republican Senator Rick Jones striking the words “either with mankind or” from SB 219. isn’t going to happen for fear of “jeopardizing” the “whole bill”,
“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.”
Rick Snyder, Detroit, toxic water, anti-gay. Why would anyone want to live in that God forsaken state?
The best thing that could ever happen to Michigan would be if Canada invaded. But they don’t want it either.
What a dump.