It was a bill designed to protect animals from animal abusers, but instead it has brought Michigan’s still-on-the-books, yet ruled unconstitutional, sodomy laws to the forefront of the nation’s attention—instead of on the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. A bill called Logan’s Law or Senate Bill 219, which would strengthen the states animal cruelty laws, was named after a husky that was intentionally burned with acid—easily passed in the senate by a vote of 37-1. But Republican State Senator Rick Jones hid in the writing a rewording of the state’s defunct sodomy laws that were called unconstitutional by the Supreme Court ruling of Lawrence vs Texas. An update to the language reads: “a person who commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature either with mankind or with any animal is guilty of a felony,” which, if convicted, can land you in prison for up to 15 years.
Rest assured (or more uneasily knowing this), Michigan is one of 12 states that still have defunct sodomy laws on the books. We can thank the late John Lawrence for helping us with the right to sleep with whomever we please, and not allowing the government to dictate personal sexual standards. And while we feel personally horrified that an antiquity (Biblical) opinion of sexuality can still be on the books, we’re more horrified that the Republicans in Michigan’s government are wasting tax payer money on including sodomy laws in a law meant to protect animals. And now further wasting time debating if it’s right to include sodomy in Logan’s Law and not on emergency help and justice for the people of Flint. [HuffPo]