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Legal Case Helps Florida Courts Change Definition Of Sexual Intercourse To Include Same-Sex Couples

The state that looks like America's penis has decided that gay penetrative sex can fit under the definition of sexual intercourse.

The Florida Supreme Court has determined that "sexual intercourse" isn't just between a man and a woman.

No, this wasn' t something the justices were mulling over, but the subject arose as an integral part of a 2-year long courr case.  The defendant was charged with a third-degree felony for not revealing to his male partner that he was HIV-positive. The defense attorney started the "sexual intercourse" argument back in February 2015. He believed that the Florida laws were so narrowly defined that "sexual intercourse" didn't apply to sexual activity between same-sex partners or any activity beyond traditional sex.

In 1997, Florida legislators amended Statute 384.24, which made it a crime to not disclose sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and syphilis. They added HIV to the list, making it a felony for an HIV-infected person to have "sexual intercourse" without disclosing their status to their partner. - sunsentinel.com

Over two years later, the ruling has been determined on the subject. The court decided that when the law was originally written, the Legislature's goal was to reduce the spread of stds even if it didn't clearly spell out what it mean by "sexual intercourse."

Will this cause waves of porgress in other court cases and rulings?  We shall see.

 

SEXUALLY TRANSMISSIBLE DISEASES
 
384.24 Unlawful acts.
(1) It is unlawful for any person who has chancroid, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale, lymphogranuloma venereum, genital herpes simplex, chlamydia, nongonococcal urethritis (NGU), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)/acute salpingitis, or syphilis, when such person knows he or she is infected with one or more of these diseases and when such person has been informed that he or she may communicate this disease to another person through sexual intercourse, to have sexual intercourse with any other person, unless such other person has been informed of the presence of the sexually transmissible disease and has consented to the sexual intercourse.
(2) It is unlawful for any person who has human immunodeficiency virus infection, when such person knows he or she is infected with this disease and when such person has been informed that he or she may communicate this disease to another person through sexual intercourse, to have sexual intercourse with any other person, unless such other person has been informed of the presence of the sexually transmissible disease and has consented to the sexual intercourse. - leg.state.fl.us