Why does a state with marriage equality still press FELONY charges for sodomy?

If you haven’t heard, Terry Bean, co-founder of HRC and democratic party mucky-muck, has been arrested.

Note the headlines:

From Willamette Week:

Terry Bean Arrested on Charges of Sex Abuse of a Minor

Bean will be charged with two counts of sodomy in the third degree, a felony, and sex abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor

Oregon recently legalized same sex marriage.  Sodomy is probably the most likely way to consummate that marriage.  Why is Oregon still pressing charges for it?

Why is it a FELONY?

Terry Bean is being charged with both sodomy as well as sexual abuse with a minor.  I think most people can see the harm that can come from sexual abuse with a minor and any sane analysis would correctly attribute that kind of offense as the more serious of the two.

Yet despite this, the sodomy charges are FELONIES while the sexual abuse with a minor are only MISDEMEANORS.  What harm does sodomy cause?

Our legal system and criminal code still has work to do to catch up with the public’s approval of same sex relationships.

This is just an example of how discrimination is still embedded in the system.

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