Michigan Still Has Old Laws on Books

The people of Michigan represented by the Michigan Legislature still have old laws keeping the citizens moral and righteous on the books. They have been codified since 1931 in the Michigan Penal Code.MCL 750.335 prohibits lewd and lascivious cohabitation and gross lewdness by providing that any man or woman, not being married to each other, who lewdly and lasciviously associates and cohabits together, and any man or woman, married or unmarried, who is guilty of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or a fine of not more than $1,000.00. No prosecution shall be commenced under this section after 1 year from the time of committing the offense.

MCL 750.337 prohibits using improper language in the presence of women and children by providing that any person who shall use any indecent, immoral, obscene, vulgar or insulting language in the presence or hearing of any woman or child shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

MCL 750.102 prohibits blasphemy by providing that any person who shall wilfully blaspheme the holy name of God, by cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

MCL 750.103 prohibits cursing and swearing by providing that any person who has arrived at the age of discretion, who shall profanely curse or damn or swear by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. No such prosecution shall be sustained unless it shall be commenced within 5 days after the commission of such offense.

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