Government Doesn't Belong In Bedrooms

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It's been sitting there, on the nightstand, for a century now, and you probably never even knew it existed.

And Arizona Gov. Jane Hull has until midnight tonight (Tuesday) to make it go away to sign a bill into law that will repeal the state's antiquated, unenforceable sex laws.

On the table is HB2016, a bill that would throw out laws that have been on the books for the past 100 years, but have rarely, if ever, been enforced.

The laws prohibit "open and notorious cohabitation," which means two people living together without the benefit of marriage; "crime against nature," which the laws define as sodomy and oral sex, even between married couples; and "lewd and lascivious acts," which Arizona courts have generally interpreted to include any sex act that does not lead to procreation.

Based on these Arizona laws, people who engage in sexual acts not designed for procreation can each be slapped with a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

Rep. Steve May, the bill's sponsor, said Monday that these laws are used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. But these insidious laws don't stop there. If these laws were enforced, they would affect people from all walks of life.

And even though these antiquated morality clauses are seldom brought into play, they can open the door to any bedroom at anytime.

May said, for example, that a person applying for a job could be asked if he or she is knowingly violating any existing criminal statutes. "If you know about these laws," he said, "you have to answer yes. That could keep you from getting work."

Throwing these laws off the books has nothing to do with morality. All it's meant to do is get rid of legislation that never had any business in our bedrooms in the first place.

HB2016 tosses out a piece of legal mumbo jumbo that never did anything to protect the health and welfare of Americans.

Supporting HB2016 takes a stand, and it's the right thing to do.

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