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Michigan senate passes bill punishing anal sex by 15 years in prison

Michigan senate passes bill punishing anal sex by 15 years in prison

Michigan state capitol.

The Michigan senate passed a bill Thursday (4 February) reaffirming the unconstitutional state ban on anal sex.

SB 219, sponsored by Sen Rick Jones, would make anal and oral sex felonies punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.

The legislation is actually a package of animal protection bills that would ban animal abusers from adopting pets.

But one clause seeks to amend the language of the state penal code on bestiality and sodomy, which are conflated in Michigan law.

‘A person who commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature with mankind or with any animal is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for no more than 15 years,’ it states.

If the defendant is already a sex offender, violations are punishable by up to life.

Jones said removing the words banning sodomy – ‘with mankind’ – would jeopardize 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,’ he told The New Civil Rights Movement.

‘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.’

Twelve states still have anti-sodomy on the books, even though the US Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional in 2004.