Every once in a while I see news articles about state and local laws from around the country that, while still “in the books,” either have never been enforced or are being enforced for the first time. The following exhibit some of Florida’s weirder regulations according to the state’s Constitution.
1. The Florida Constitution empowers Floridians with certain rights. These include the freedom of speech, right to work, religious freedoms, and the right of pigs to not be confined to cages during pregnancy!
Under Article X Section 21 of the Florida Constitution, “It shall be unlawful for any person to confine a pig during pregnancy in an enclosure, or to tether a pig during pregnancy, on a farm in such a way that she is prevented from turning around freely.”
2. Look, I’m all for the humane treatment of all animals, but to actually have a Constitutional Amendment directed solely for pregnant pigs seems a bit bizarre. For all those dog and cat lovers out there, how about we start a petition to include all pregnant animals. Why should pigs get preferential treatment?
3. Florida Statutes Section 798.02 prohibits unmarried couples from lewdly and lasciviously associating and living together. As punishment for violation, this extremely out-of-date statute prescribes a misdemeanor of the second degree.
4. Florida Statutes Section 800.02 makes it illegal to commit “any unnatural and lascivious act with another person” and is punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree. Thankfully, the Statute specifies that “[a] mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not under any circumstance violate this section."
5. Florida Statutes Section 823.01 provides that “[a]ll nuisances that tend to annoy the community…or corrupt the public morals are misdemeanors of the second degree.” Where is the enforcement of this law whenever “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” or “The Jersey Shore” are on T.V.?
While this list is certainly NOT exclusive, it does highlight some of the absurd and frankly comical Florida laws that are still on the books.
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