If news reports are to be believed, #LoveWins hasn’t quite #Won in Indiana yet. Some are still being persecuted legally for their sexual preferences and proclivities. Some are still suffering under the widespread stigma of having their attractions judged as unnatural and immoral. Though the voices that filled the streets of Indy’s recent Pride Parade proclaimed the embrace and acceptance of everyone’s sexual preferences, Andy Allen Shinnock is yet to be granted such dignity:
A Muncie man whose bestiality conviction was overturned by a state appeals court, has been reinstated by the Indiana Supreme Court.
The state’s top court decided Tuesday 5-0 that the original conviction against Andy Allen Shinnock, 36, should stand. Shinnock was arrested in Aug. 2015 after police say he admitted to having sex with his roomate’s [sic] pit bull.
First of all, bestiality is disgusting. But bestiality with a pit bull is daringly disgusting. Approaching a pit bull with amorous intent would seem to bring with it far greater risk than just a level 6 felony in Indiana.
Nonetheless, while it certainly could be maintained that there’s no way a pit bull (or any animal for that matter) can give consent, and thus the act is unique and separate from other forms of sexual conduct that are consensual, it is self-evident that Shinnock is being legally discriminated against simply because his sexual urges are morally opposed by the majority.
Yet, the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas which overturned the Texas state statute prohibiting sodomy, plainly noted, “an emerging awareness that liberty gives substantial protection to adult persons in deciding how to conduct their private lives in matters pertaining to sex.”
That’s what the LGBT majority of the Court wrote in 2003. It’s fair to say that the ever-confused Justice Anthony Kennedy didn’t envision Shinnock hooking up with a pit bull as he sat in his Supreme Court office writing that absurd opinion. But that’s precisely why the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose legal prowess dwarfs that of Kennedy, cautioned that by writing those silly words, “state laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are…called into question.”
There’s at least one dude in Indiana that is hoping Kennedy’s legally enshrined ignorance pays off soon.