Legislative briefs (excerpt) ...Sex Laws
Arizona Daily Sun, March 21, 2001
Box 1849, Flagstaff, AZ, 86002
The House voted Wednesday to repeal the states laws on unmarried
cohabitation and other consensual sex crimes as opponents warned against
sending a harmful message to children.
The House defeated, 31-22, an attempt by conservatives to delete the
repeals from a tax bill (HB2016) now ready for a final House vote. Passage
would send the bill to the Senate.
Laws that would be repealed if the bill becomes law now make it a
misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail and a $500 fine to engage in
unmarried cohabitation, lewd and lascivious acts and "the crime against
nature or any similar offense."
Supporters of the repeal argued that the so-called "archaic sex
laws" are unconstitutionally vague, while opponents said the Legislature
needed to take a moral stand.
"It is irresponsible to erode and take away moral law that gives
direction to proper conduct," said Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa. "We
owe that to our children."
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