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Sex Laws Gone Wild

Posted by Amy Baldwin on

Thinking about going on vacation somewhere in the good ol' U.S. of A.? If you plan on partaking in anything sexy while you're away, you better look into the local sex laws in your intended destination, many of which have to do with sodomy. Sodomy is often defined as any "unnatural" sexual act, often including oral sex, anal sex, and/or bestiality. That's right, kids; blowjobs and sex with an animal are in the same taboo category.

Some of this stuff dates back centuries ago. Thomas Jefferson even passed a law that said men should be castrated for committing sodomy. And for women: "by cutting thro' the cartilage of her nose a hole of one half inch diameter at the least". If you check out the link, note that most of Jefferson's repercussions involve cutting off body parts and/or death.

Up until 2001, anyone committing sodomy in Minnesota (which is defined as "carnally knowing any person by the anus or by or with the mouth") may have been imprisoned for 1 year or fined up to $3,000. So to all my late 20-something Minnesota friends, your very first blowjobs were definitely illegal :)

In other news:

In Alabama, the sale of sex toys is CURRENTLY illegal. The same goes for all obscene material, including pornographic imagery and nude dancing. Don't worry, though...there's a loophole for obscene material if deemed "medically necessary".

In Texas, there's something called an "Obscene Device Law" which was recently overturned. This is not to be confused with Alabama's "Obscene Material" law as Texas is full of high-class strip clubs, all of which are subject to the "Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act": a $5 fee per customer.

A recent law in Florida states that any person who is living in open adultery will be charged with a misdemeanor. To all of you lovely Poly people- you better rethink retiring in Florida.

In Utah, it's LEGAL to marry your first cousin if both parties are over the age of 55, or if the court decides they will not be able to reproduce.

Also, Kansas is the only state that declares consensual sexual acts between minors under 16 as illegal. It even has a cute name, called the “Romeo and Juliet” act, or as I like to call it, the "Toto...I don't think we're in California anymore" act ;) Bad joke, I know...

Some other laws I've heard of (credible sources welcomed):

It's illegal to have sex with the lights on in Virginia

There is a time limit for how long you can show public affection in both Iowa and Idaho

Sex in a graveyard in North Carolina is illegal

Sex with animals is legal in Washington State, but only if the animal is under 40 pounds


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