So here is a thing! You see, in the great state of Montana, they still have laws on the books saying that the gay sex is illegal, and even though the Supreme Court [both their state one and the national one] has laughed that silliness out of the realm of “enforceable law,” they can’t seem to get rid of it, due to fearful wingnuts like Ken Peterson:
The legislature’s inaction [in its failure to scrub the dimwit laws once and for all] was not, it turns out, another non-priority falling off the too-long to-do list. Rather, it’s homophobic lawmakers subtly suggesting that homosexual acts should still be outlawed, the Supreme Court—and equal rights in general—be damned. In fact, at least one lawmaker, Rep. Ken Peterson, R-Billings, an attorney, argues that the archaic law may still apply in certain situations.
Which situations? According to Peterson, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, there are at least two prosecutable offenses—felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. One is the “recruitment” of non-gays. “Homosexuals can’t go out into the heterosexual community and try to recruit people, or try to enlist them in homosexual acts,” Peterson says. He provides an example: “‘Here, young man, your hormones are raging. Let’s go in this bedroom, and we’ll engage in some homosexual acts. You’ll find you like it.’” Peterson hasn’t actually seen this happen, he says, because “I don’t associate with that group of people at all… I’ve associated with mainstream people all my life.”
Here, young man! Your hormones, they are a-raging! Might I suggest some homosexual acts?! You’ll find ya like it!
I only know one man who might ever deliver a line like that, and he’s moving to Seattle, not Montana, so no worries, Mr. Peterson!
Anyway, the second offense Peterson considers to be punishable by a ten year prison sentence is Public Displays of Gay, which I’m fairly sure I engaged in this weekend, as I did hug men, in public, while being gay, and while they were also being gay.
It must be very sad and frightening to be Ken Peterson.