If you’re worried that the business of the legislature is all about the ever-worsening economy – the spiral is tightening!; it’s a recession!; it’s a depression!; it could be a catastrophe!; stay tuned, there’s more – know that your beleaguered representatives are clearing up some older business as well. Specifically, they’ll soon consider removing a stray bit of English common law that has been used to persecute, not prosecute, certain parties with certain proclivities throughout the centuries. Rep. Rick Glazier, a Fayetteville attorney, wants the state’s anti-sodomy law changed, the better to reflect our 21st century social mores than Henry the Eighth’s.
It will still be illegal to commit “the crime against nature” (love the the there, is there really only one?) with a beast, but sodomy will finally be legal between “mutually consenting adults in a private home, private residence, or other private abode” in the Old North State. Glazier proposed the changes, and titled the bill unsexily, as a measure to bring the statute into compliance with a Supreme Court ruling, but it still seems broad. What about at a hotel? What about in an RV? Not that RVs and sex seem to go together, but some people might be up for it. What about at a peep show? Oh, wait, that’s public isn’t it? Still, does it need its own proscription? Aren’t public sex acts already illegal? Do we need a separate law for public sodomy? Ahh, so many ways to slice and dice this, and all of them more fun to think about than the state of the state’s economy. Seriously, though, can the anti-sodomy law not simply be stricken from the books? Or will North Carolina’s goats and sheep have to sleep with one eye open?