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USA: Massachusetts: Blasphemy, Lascivious Acts: State Pushes to Repeal Old Laws

Discussion in 'Religious News' started by danieldemol, Jul 29, 2021.

  1. danieldemol

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    'BOSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional in 2003 and Massachusetts has legally recognized same-sex marriage since 2004, but sections of state law still feature discriminatory restrictions on sexual interactions between consenting adults, lawmakers and advocates said Tuesday.

    A bill filed by Rep. Jay Livingstone (H 1758) would repeal a ban on "unnatural and lascivious acts" and strip other anti-sodomy statutes from Chapter 272 of the Massachusetts General Laws...

    ...Livingstone's bill would repeal or amend what he described as "10 of the most egregious examples" of outdated, unconstitutional or unenforceable laws, including a requirement that all public schools feature a daily Bible reading, criminalization of "tramps, vagabonds and vagrants," and language declaring the Communist Party "a subversive organization."

    His legislation would also lift a section of state law punishing anyone who "blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world."'

    Source: Blasphemy, Lascivious Acts: State Pushes to Repeal Old Laws

    Congratulations Massachusetts on moving to repeal these outdated laws. :)

    In my opinion.
     
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  3. Revoltingest

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    Laws against swearing, especially in front of women & children,
    here in MI are still enforced....when the cop is in the mood.
    Note also that it's both legal & common for cops to swear at
    citizens (children too), it's illegal to swear at a cop. These are
    laws useful for when a cop is in the mood to abuse someone.
     
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  4. danieldemol

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    It is nonetheless necessary to remove them because nations which do enforce such laws would point to the Massachusetts law and say something along the lines of, "blasphemy in the west! Hypocrisy!".

    So it is important to consider that these laws maybe contributing to the obstruction of much needed legal reform elsewhere.

    In my opinion.
     
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