Michigan Senate Just Passed A Bill Making Anal Sex Punishable By 15 Years In Prison

The Michigan Senate just passed a bill that would make sodomy a felony, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas declaring state sodomy laws unconstitutional.

The bill effectively reaffirms the state’s unconstitutional law making sodomy a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Michigan is still one of more than a dozen states that still have sodomy bans on the books.

NCRM adds:

Some states’ sodomy laws specifically target gay relations, but Michigan’s is among those that make oral and anal sex crimes illegal regardless of whether they’re same-sex or different-sex. Michigan is also one of several states with a sodomy ban that’s 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.

 GOP Sen. Rick Jones
GOP Sen. Rick Jones

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.

SB 219 seeks to ban convicted animal abusers from owning pets for up to five years and would update language in the state’s ban on bestiality and sodomy as outlined below:

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The bill is expected to be considered by the House as early as next week.

When asked if an amendment to simply strike the words “either with mankind or” from SB 219 could be introduced, Sen. Jones told The New Civil Rights Movement that such an amendment would jeopardize the entire 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,” 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.”

“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.”

Watch Lambda Legal’s short documentary titled “Overruled! The Case that Brought Down Sodomy Laws” which takes a look at Lawrence v. Texas — the case that led the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down all remaining state sodomy laws and launched a new era in the LGBT rights movement.