qnotes welcomes its newest editorial intern to the team. Tyler DeVere lives in Charlotte and volunteers on the steering committee of the Mecklenburg Gay and Lesbian Political Action Committee (MeckPAC). We’re glad to have him and proud to introduce you to him. His first blog post is below. — Matt Comer
Rather shockingly (or not so shockingly depending on where you’re from), Florida is still struggling to outlaw bestiality. Democratic state Sen. Nan Rich is trying for her second time to outlaw bestiality, something her state seems to have a real problem with. There have been several stories out of Florida recently involving sex with animals, a practice Rich says has been linked to child sexual abuse (although, a researcher says the link between the two is without evidence). I don’t know who’s leading the charge to keep bestiality legal, but it’s pathetic that it’s not already against the law.
Additionally, this highlights another failure of Florida’s to serve proper justice. The Sunshine State remains one of the very few states that bans all homosexuals from adopting, which can result in separated families and children without loving homes. Further, instead of rectifying these embarrassing stains on their state’s reputation, the state legislature is focused on passing a bill that would force all women wanting abortions to look at their fetus before being allowed to have the procedure.
It is amazing that a country so advanced in technology and standards of living can also be this incredibly backwards. I don’t know how any intelligent Floridian could be anything less than ashamed of their state.
[Ed. Note — This post was updated May 5, 2010, 7:30 a.m. for clarification, with links added to related and recent news stories.]