Archaic Laws On Sex
Brian Alexander at MSNBC has a fascinating article
surveying the laws in several states which prohibit
various sexual acts between consenting adults. While they are rarely
enforced, these laws should all be excised. Here's a small sampling, for your own reference (I'd hate to find out you'd been arrested for these offenses - ignorance of the law isn't an excuse).
If youre traveling with a lover, and you are not married to each other, but feeling in the mood, youd better not rent a hotel room in North Carolina because "any man and woman found occupying the same bedroom in any hotel, public inn, or boardinghouse for any immoral purpose...shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 8:05 AM
Sex under those circumstances would absolutely be immoral because, like many other states, North Carolina has laws against fornication whether you are in a hotel or just at home: If any man and woman not being married to each other, shall lewdly and lasciviously associate, bed, and cohabit together, they shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
In Idaho, fornication can get you a $300 fine and six months in jail. But thats a piece of cake compared to the penalty for adultery -- up to a $1,000 fine and three years in the state pen.
If youre a man in Oklahoma, and you tell a virgin female you want to marry her, then you two commit fornication, you had better not change your mind about the marriage, Bub, or else youve committed a felony. You could go to jail for five years. Luckily, if you change your mind back again, and make an honest woman of her, all is forgiven.
Idaho, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas are all conservative red states. Massachusetts, on the other hand, is the ultimate blue state, the state Bush accused of being full of liberals as if the state were a breeding ground for godless subversives. But its got some doozy sex laws. Adultery could get you three years in state prison. Sell a dildo, do five years. (Ive previously mentioned anti-vibrator laws in Texas.) The state even has a catch-all statute for any unnatural and lascivious act with another person. The law doesnt say just what is unnatural or lascivious.
Maryland appears to outlaw just about everything except the missionary position between married men and women. The law prescribes 10 years for any unnatural or perverted sexual practice like, say, oral sex. Not only that, but, says the law, the state can indict you without naming the particular act its accusing you of committing or even the manner in which you committed it.