Tilting at Windmills: Flint, Michigan Republicans, Sodomy, and Animal Cruelty

So I’ve been seeing quite a few posts about how people are outraged that Michigan Republicans can’t help the people of Flint but they’re willing to push through a ban on anal sex. Righteous anger! Gather the torches! Raise the pitchforks!

Except for one thing. It’s not true. Not the slightest bit. And now you folks put me in the unenviable position of defending Michigan Republicans. I’m not terribly pleased, but I’m going to do it anyway.

Fun fact: Sodomy has been illegal in Michigan since 1931. Nineteen THIRTY ONE. (Link) The 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling made the law unconstitutional and unenforceable, but no one ever took the it off the books.

The law that has been passed? It’s called Logan’s Law. It’s an omnibus animal cruelty prevention package that, among other things, would create a registry of animal abusers, and prevent people who’ve abused animals from adopting pets. Section 750.158 (linked above) also covers beastiality, so updating the animal cruelty laws included some minor language updates to 750.158.

Now, this would have been the perfect time to update the language and remove the whole “Consensual but non conformist sex between two adult humans” bit from the list of illegal acts. But it does’t. The guy that wrote the bill is afraid it would get bogged down in debate, and just wanted to stop people from being able to hurt animals.

The only way this law relates to anal is that it doesn’t remove the (unconstitutional) prohibition on it. It doesn’t add anything new. It doesn’t make the law somehow more enforceable. It just doesn’t make the bad law go away.

Anyway, for my TLDR crowd:

THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT ANAL SEX.

THIS BILL IS ABOUT PREVENTING ANIMAL CRUELTY.

So, despite the headlines, Michigan Republican’s didn’t prioritize banning anal sex over helping lead poisoned children. They prioritized helping abused animals. Now, it’s up to you to figure out which group you think deserves more help.

You might want to question why it’s being spun the way it is.

 

Quixotically yours,

FGY

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