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It Took Florida Courts Two Years to Figure Out That Gay Sex Is a Thing

After two years of legal arguments, the Florida Supreme Court has determined that “sexual intercourse” can actually occur between two men.

It all started in 2011, when a man accused his ex of concealing his HIV-positive status before they had sexual intercourse (a third-degree felony according to Florida’s HIV-criminalization laws). The defendant’s lawyer argued that Florida’s definition of “sexual intercourse” did not apply to anything beyond penis-in-vagina sex, because the law did not clearly define the term.

Now the court has rejected that argument. The Guardian explains the court’s reasoning:

“Because the Legislature did not define ‘sexual intercourse’ … we look to the dictionary in order to ascertain the plain and ordinary meaning of the term,” the court wrote in the unanimous decision before quoting three dictionaries. The plain meaning of sexual intercourse clearly encompasses “acts beyond penile-vaginal intercourse,” the court said.

The court then launched a thorough investigation into the existence of non-vaginal sex.

Their quest for knowledge involved the use of three dictionaries, but after two years, the court has officially stated that sexual intercourse occurs when penises go inside things other than vaginas.

Good job, Florida!