Was a Couple Arrested Based on an 1868 Law Making It Illegal for ‘Midgets’ to Have Sex?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

  • Published 7 October 2019

Claim

A Colorado couple was arrested based on an 1868 law making it illegal for "midgets" to have sex.

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Labeled Satire
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Origin

On Oct. 4, 2019, the World News Daily Report website published an article positing that two people in Colorado had been arrested based on an 1868 law that prohibited little people from having sex:

Colorado Couple Arrested Based on 1868 Law Making it Illegal For Midgets to Have Sex

A Colorado dwarf couple has been arrested and charged with public indecency based on an 1868 law making it illegal for ‘midgets to have sex and or reproduce with each other or any other animal.’

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World News Daily Report frequently uses unrelated mugshots in order to illustrate their articles. In this case, they used the mugshots of Henry Chavez, who was sentenced to 30-years in prison in 2011 for first-degree murder, and Melissa Hancock, a former reality TV star who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for her role in a drunk driving accident that left one person dead.