Good news if you live in New Orleans and that "TMJ" excuse you've been using is starting to wear thin: Oral sex is illegal, and cops are enforcing it
! Sort of.
Everyone else: Don't consider getting too jiggy at Jazzfest.
There's an old law on the books dating back to 1805 that makes it a crime against nature to commit "unnatural copulation," (anal and oral sex apparently qualify) and the police and the D.A. are enforcing it against sex workers.
The practice of "unnatural copulation" is considered a felony and is punishable by jail time, fines and having to register as a sex offender for at least 15 years.
There has been quite an uproar against the recent decision to start enforcing the antiquated law -- of the 861 registered sex offenders in New Orleans right now, 56 percent were convicted of a "crime against nature." Almost 78 percent of those people are black. Nearly all of them are women.
Rights groups are hoping that with the election of a new mayor and new police chief, enforcement of the law will come to an end, until then residents of the Big Easy won't have to use "I had atomic wings for dinner" as an excuse to get out of a BJ.