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  • BREAKING: Michigan Bill Claiming Sodomy Is Illegal Will No Longer Include Unconstitutional Provision

    Decision Comes in Response to New Civil Rights Movement Story

    In response to a story from The New Civil Rights Movement, the Michigan House will remove language from a bill that reaffirms the state's unconstitutional sodomy ban, according to Equality Michigan. The language, which states sodomy is illegal, was kept intact in a bill designed to protect animals against abuse.

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    Last week, NCRM broke a story about the fact that Senate Bill 291, a bill that's part of a popular legislative package addressing animal cruelty called Logan's Law, also contained the states' unconstitutional law making oral and anal sex — both homosexual and heterosexual — a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 

    The removal of the language from the bill won't necessarily remove the ban entirely but could be an important step toward it.

    GOP Sen. Rick Jones, the author of SB 291, told NCRM in an exclusive interview that he chose not to remove the unconstitutional sodomy ban from the bill because he feared such a move could derail the entire measure. However, the Senate's 29-1 vote to pass the bill last Thursday, which also effectively reaffirmed the sodomy ban, quickly became national news after NCRM's reporting, prompted an outcry among LGBT advocates. 

    Over the weekend, the statewide LGBT group Equality Michigan said not removing the sodomy ban from the bill was "a missed opportunity," and said staff and board members were talking with lawmakers and legislative staff to discuss how the problem could be addressed in the House as the measure moves forward.

    On Tuesday morning, Equality Michigan announced that SB 291 will not move forward in the House with the sodomy ban intact.  

    Representatives from Equality Michigan didn't immediately respond to a message seeking further comment. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

     

    This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates. 

     

    Image by Michigan Municipal League via Flickr and a CC license

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    • commented 2016-02-09 14:50:41 -0500
      Never mind a whole city is left with unclean, leaded water to drink, bath, and cook with. Making sure that you can’t give or get a blow job is more important!

    • commented 2016-02-09 13:05:12 -0500
      So they can’t take the time to get rid of these state laws that no longer apply since courts deemed them unconstitutional, but they can waste weeks changing the language of one single bill.

    • commented 2016-02-09 12:45:57 -0500
      I don’t get it, what does 2 men having anal sex together have to do with animals being harmed? Michigan, you better stop writing bills and think first. Put a bill up that if any human harms any animal that they shall be punished by law. All of you need to grow up and think or is thinking to hard for you all???

    • commented 2016-02-09 12:34:57 -0500
      The conclusion of the story is inconsistent with the headline.

    • commented 2016-02-09 11:14:26 -0500
      Before Equality Michigan had even heard about SB 219, The chair of The LGBT Caucus of the M.D.P. (M.W. LaChey) had already been in talks with leadership devising a plan to do away with the language. It is a difference with a distinction in terms of when and who got the ball rolling.

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