America has a well-deserved reputation for prudishness. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the various laws around the nation that concern sex, though many of them are relics that no one has got around to expunging and are usually not enforced. But their existence has led to a lot of wags making up laws that are ridiculous but seem plausible, given the way that people seem to get unhinged when it comes to sex.
Charlie Jane Anders has gone to the trouble of sifting out the true crazy laws from the false, and it appears that the true ones are weird enough to not need embellishing, such as “No marrying your first cousin until the age of 65” (Utah) or “Kisses may last no longer than five minutes” (Iowa) or “You can’t own more than six dildos” (Texas).
Oddly, given our reputation for being foul-mouthed, Ohio did not make the list of the most notable laws but a linked article of the full list does say that in Ohio, “No person shall solicit sex from another of the same gender if it offends the second person”.
I suspect that this law came about because somebody made a pass at a lawmaker of the same gender and that person was offended.