Florida Senate fails basic biology, accidentally outlaws sex
Via Southern Fried Science:
Question: If your elected officials fail basic taxonomy, promote anti-science curriculum, and consistently attempt to undermine the fundamental unpinning of all biology, what happens when they start trying to legislate from this flawed view of reality?
The answer is this poorly-worded miasma of a law recently passed in Florida, which presumably was designed to prevent bestiality and promote animal welfare, but which has actually made it illegal, effective October 1, 2011, for anyone to have sex in Florida.
UPDATE: We received a kind correction from Jody at WNYC who pointed us to the ElectionLawBlog where Rick Hasen writes that the legislators do, in fact, distinguish between “persons” and “animals”.
Teachable Moment: Minus one for publishing before verifying. Plus one for the speed with which communities can correct each other. — Michael