Massachusetts: the limits of gender equality
A Massachusetts man who showed an inordinate interest in a woman’s foot—if you really must know, the story is here—faces charges for “annoying a person of the opposite sex.”
Yes, there really is a law in Massachusetts that prohibits annoying a person of the opposite sex. This could be a shock to many grammar-school boys, although the statute is clearly not aimed at their antics.
To win a conviction, prosecutors must prove five elements beyond a reasonable doubt, the final of which is "that [the alleged victim] was a person of the opposite sex."
Two men or two women can be legally married in Massachusetts. But annoyance is still strictly a heterosexual affair.
[H/T James Taranto, Opinion Journal.]
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