Wednesday, May 11, 2011

At Least the Arizona Legislature Didn't Outlaw Sex

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

This week's cover story by Jim Nintzel looks at this year's legislative session and surprising probably no one, the news isn't all that good. However, let's give Pearce, Adams, and crew some credit: they didn't outlaw sex entirely, like they might have in Florida:

A person may not:

(a) Knowingly engage in any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal;
(b) Knowingly cause, aid, or abet another person to engage in any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal;
(c) Knowingly permit any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal to be conducted on any premises under his or her charge or control; or
(d) Knowingly organize, promote, conduct, advertise, aid, abet, participate in as an observer, or perform any service in the furtherance of an act involving any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal for a commercial or recreational purpose.

Arizona beat Florida to the anti-bestiality punch in 2006, but even though the colloquial usage of the term usually excludes humans, we had the good sense to actually define an "animal" as "as any non-human mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian, alive or dead". Florida, however, didn't bother, so since humans are still part of the Hominidae taxonomic family and technically still animals, once October of 2011 rolls around, you're probably better off not taking any chances while in the Sunshine State.

[HT: St. Petersburg Times]

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