Experts: Michigan has not criminalised gay sex

Daniel Wren

Vada Magazine staff writer. Interested in travel, news, politics and dating.
Daniel Wren

Although news sources are claiming Michigan has made anal sex illegal again, experts have verified that this is not the case. The rumour – picked up by a number of publications, both here and in the UK – stems from the wording of an older, unenforceable law.

While trying to toughen up animal cruelty laws in response to a Huskie that was tortured with acid, a clause about bestiality uses archaic wording that once made sodomy illegal. However, a 2003 ruling (Lawrence v Texas) by the Supreme Court made this clause unenforceable, and it’s believed that repeating the poor wording will not result in a change in this part of the law.

The antiquated wording is:

wording of michigan bestiality bill

Senate Bill 219, nicknamed Logan’s Law, prevents anyone who has a conviction for animal cruelty from adopting any more animals for five years. The law is named after a Huskie tortured with battery acid.

Logan’s Law leaves the original clause in place, even though ‘the abominable and detestable crime against nature’ is an archaic reference to sodomy. The wording was not modified because this would have required more extensive revision of the law when the prohibition against sodomy had already been struck down by the US Supreme Court in 2003.

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