Florida May Have Accidentally Banned Sex

Poorly worded bestiality ban picked apart

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 12, 2011 6:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Florida lawmakers with a poor grasp of taxonomy appear to have accidentally outlawed all sex in the state, according to the Southern Fried Scientist. The recently passed law banning bestiality outlaws "knowing sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal"—and since humans are technically animals, consenting adults in Florida will soon be banned from having sex unless their act conforms to "certain husbandry, conformation judging, and veterinary practices," the science blogger writes.

Florida politicians may be a little slow but they haven't forgotten that humans are animals, too, counters the Miami New Times. After Gov. Rick Scott signs the bestiality ban into law, it will enter the chapter of Florida law that deals with crimes against animals, which defines animals as "every living dumb creature"—a definition that presumably excludes all human Floridians. (Click to read about another unusual ban.)

The law has actually made it illegal, effective October 1, 2011, for anyone to have sex in Florida, Southern Fried Scientist writes.
The law "has actually made it illegal, effective October 1, 2011, for anyone to have sex in Florida," Southern Fried Scientist writes.   (Shutterstock)
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