Watchdog Wire reports on a bill poised to pass outlawing bestiality in Alabama:
The Alabama Legislature is on track to pass a law this session outlawing bestiality in the state.
Your turn, Jersey.
The Alabama Senate quickly voted for Senate Bill 151, which would outlaw sexual contact with animals, when it came up for debate in January. The legislation is moving through the state House with few concerns it won’t pass and be signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley.
There’s a regionally infused joke in there somewhere — and it’s not hard to find.
What’s not so funny: If bestiality is outlawed in Alabama, there will still be 13 states — plus the District of Columbia — that have no such laws on the books, representing a wide swath of the United States. Those states include Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund notes:
The following states and territories have no direct prohibitions against the sexual assault of an animal, though most will have included the issue of bestiality in their definitions for child/elder abuse or obscenity law: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia, Guam and American Samoa.
All the people rushing to make West Virginia jokes be sure to note that New Jersey is on the list too.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.