In the beginning of February, the Michigan Senate passed a bill that reaffirmed the state's law that made sodomy a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison — a law that, while still on the books, was declared unconstitutional in the US Supreme Court's 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling.
Now the Michigan house is righting this wrong.
The law originally made it illegal for anyone to commit "the abominable and detestable crime against nature with mankind or with any animal," including oral and anal sex.
Lawmakers said that the law was intended as an animal-protection bill, and that removing the sodomy ban would undermine this.
However, The New Civil Rights Movement pointed out that, by simply taking out the words "either with mankind or" from the bill, the law would continue to protect animals without punishing consensual sexual acts between two (or more) people.
The New Civil Rights Movement also reported Tuesday that the Michigan house will remove the offensive language from the bill, though Vox noted that "it's extraordinarily unlikely that anyone, gay or straight, will ever be prosecuted in Michigan for having sex."
Also, most of the time people who are having the aforementioned sex, whether that's vaginal, anal, or oral, are most likely having it behind closed doors, so the likelihood of an "unnatural" tryst being found out by the law is probably just as unlikely.
So go ahead, lovers — love who you want, how you want, and when you want. Because consensual love, in any form, should never be a crime.