Laws on gay marriage, orgies -- even pre-marital hanky-panky -- vary widely state to state

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Marie-Joelle Parent, QMI Agency

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The United States presents a diverse scope of opinions when it comes to sexual behaviours. Some states are very conservative — sex toys are banned. Other states are very liberal — sex parties are legal.

From purity balls to orgies, QMI Agency correspondent Marie-Joelle Parent investigates various laws per state and the wildly divergent sexual trends south of the border.

 

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Is the notion of a puritan America still justified?

"Yes, aside from the very liberal states. There are still some pockets of very conservative throughout the country that would like to go back to the founders' practices," said Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright, a sexologist.

For example, all but two states hold annual "purity balls."

During these ceremonies, 12-year-old girls wearing white gowns promise their fathers to remain chaste until marriage.

Fulbright also refers to the ultra-conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, who created a controversy in 2012 when a female student asked Congress to change the reimbursement of the contraceptive pill.

That conservative view of sex contrasts with the liberal youth of America.

"It isn't the portrait we draw of young Americans though," said Helen E. Fisher, sexuality, anthropology professor at Rutgers University. She recently completed a study of 5,000 young single people with Match.com.

"Today's American youth are for gay marriage. They don't have to be married to live together and they have kids before marriage," she explained.

"Certain conservatives feel like they're losing their grasp and they are scared. It's so desperate. Wanting to dictate people's sexual behaviours — it's like trying to catch wind with a net," said Fisher.


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