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Old 12-13-2011, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sodomy Laws: the forgotten anti-gay restriction

I stumbled on this today while researching my own state (Kansas) drinking laws for minors under the age of 21 (you know them - they can vote but they're too young to drink?).

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Sodomy Laws Applicable to Same sex or between person or animal
Essentially, sex between two people of the same gender is legally in the same class as sex between a person and an animal.



(Yes, it's par for my state, where any old excuse to exclude gays, immigrants and non-believers from society is acceptable).

So I started looking at the other states, and was stunned to discover that Kansas isn't all that unusual:

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Sodomy laws in the United States, which outlawed a variety of sexual acts, were historically universal. While they often targeted sexual acts between persons of the same sex[citation needed], many statutes employed definitions broad enough to outlaw certain sexual acts between persons of different sexes as well, sometimes even acts between married persons.

Through the 20th century, the gradual liberalization of American sexual mores led to the elimination of sodomy laws in most states. During this time, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Sodomy laws in Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986. However, in 2003 the Supreme Court reversed the decision with Lawrence v. Texas, invalidating sodomy laws in the remaining fourteen states (Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia).
Look at the chart. All those green checks! Homosexual couples are forbidden from practicing some acts that heterosexual unmarried couples are allowed to perform in Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee and Texas.

I realize that some folks out there think sex laws are defending our "social morality", but personally I think that's just nonsense. Those same people aren't even blinking at the number of bank CEOs who committed fraud and were never prosecuted after the big bank bailouts. Or at the widespread political corruption in this country. Yes, it's all about sex. Who you screw is more important than who Congress screws?
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll fimd in several states, heterosexual sodomy is illegal to..

And in Georgia, even oral sex is covered by sodomy laws.

These people literally don't see the difference between a mouth and an arsehole.

Prolly cause they talk so much shite.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I thought Lawrence_v._Texas invalidated state's anti-sodomy laws?
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sodomy was a lot more fun when it was illegal.

It used to be that anything but the "missionary position" was considered to be sodomy in most states - and married couples got arrested, too
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Homosexuality used to be illegal throughout the entire Western World, but most countries abandoned their anti-'sodomy' laws in the 1960's or 70's.
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They're not enforceable due to Lawrence Vs Texas. They may still be on the books, but you can't actually be charged for it. If they try to, you can challenge it and get it thrown out.

Still sucks that anyone would even have to challenge it, though.

Although, I did once hear of someone actually being arrested because they had sex with someone in a hotel after a fur con or something (hetero) and they were arrested for having sex whilst not being married. O.o

Technically, sodomy IS anything other than heterosexual missionary position, so anyone who says they're anti-sodomy is either a hypocrite or has a very, very boring sex life.
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Believe me if sodomy laws in Florida could be prosecuted they would be publicly hanging blasphemous sodomizers daily in Polk County.
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Homosexuality used to be illegal throughout the entire Western World, but most countries abandoned their anti-'sodomy' laws in the 1960's or 70's.
I believe France abandoned its sodomy laws after the first French revolution!

(I just wanted to to take the opportunity to gratuitously randomly mention a bit of trivia I recall from looking at the history of LGBT rights.)
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Sodomy covers anything but sex in the missionary position?
So, I can say I've done a lot of sodomy and people will finally stop saying "You really like it up the ass!"
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Anyway, it wasn't all that long ago, well decades but still, that homosexuality was considered a mental illness, so that they still have such laws on the books hardly surprises me.
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Well most definitions consider it anything other than penis to vagina sex, IE anal or oral = sodomy, but it can also mean anything meant to gain pleasure rather than simply make babies...it's all very stupid no matter how you define it anyways.

Oral definitively fits under the definition of sodomy so that means anyone who declares sodomy a sin but then goes and gets a blow job from their wife is just as bad as gay people.
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In some states, get caught giving a blowjob and you will get a sex offender lifetime tag. It's that stupid.

http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/...law-rearrested
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about as bad as two cases I'm aware of... one tagged for having sex in the 16/17 dynamic (voluntary, initiated by the 16yo, parents pressed charges), and another of a computer illiterate grandmother prosecuted for possesion of child porn (which the prosecutor demonstrated was part of a trojan installed back door server)... the laws in some places are so wide it's concievable that telling a dirty joke where a child could theoretically hear it (whether they are persent or not) could get you tagged... all of course making monitoring almost completely useless.
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September 17, 2010 -- Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr. of the McDuffie County Superior Court has signed an order releasing Georgia resident Wendy Whitaker from her obligation to register as a sex offender. Ms. Whitaker is on Georgia’s sex offender registry for engaging in a single act of consensual oral sex as a teenager with another teenager. Ms. Whitaker served as the first named plaintiff in Whitaker v. Perdue, a federal class action lawsuit brought by the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) that challenges residency restrictions imposed on people on Georgia’s sex offender registry. She has been required to register as a sex offender for the last 12 years.

In the order, Judge Dunaway found “by a preponderance of the evidence that Ms. Whitaker does not pose a substantial risk of perpetrating any future dangerous sexual offense,” and released Ms. Whitaker from all sex offender registration requirements under Georgia law. This petition to the court was made possible by 2010 changes to the law that created a practical process for certain individuals to apply to be released from the registry.

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“We hope that the General Assembly will continue to move away from poorly drafted, ineffective laws and instead adopt evidence-based strategies that actually protect women and children.” states Sara Totonchi, Executive Director of SCHR. “Both the passage of the 2010 legislative reforms and Wendy’s release from the registry are steps in the right direction towards making right the many wrongs created by Georgia’s hastily passed sex offender laws.”
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The state of Georgia would have to do a lot more to right this kind of wrong. Being taken off the sex offender registry can't make up for being treated and discriminated against as one of the worst kinds of criminal for more than a decade.
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I just wanted to to take the opportunity to gratuitously randomly mention a bit of trivia I recall from looking at the history of LGBT rights.
Funny, so did I But I also wanted to point out that the USA is a bit behind on this.
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Being on a sex offender registry generally tells you nothing, the person could be on it because they're a paedophile, then again they could be on it because at 17 they consensually had sex with a 15 yr old, talk about a fucking huge difference. So people end up guessing what said person has done and usually guess they are closer to the former rather than the latter, don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating for it to be done away with all together but if they insist on putting the latter type of person on one perhaps they should have 2 different types, then again they'd be people saying that would give too much info about what the person on the list did even though it wont specially say what they did.

I'm also not advocating that a 17 year old having sex consensually with a 15 year old should be enough to get anybody on a sex offenders list but I was suggesting a compromise if they insist on putting them on it anway. I'm not talking about changing the law or age of consent but for me it doesn't seem enough to justify people being put on such a list.

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kinda sad when georgia leads the way to progressive reforms, mayhap it'll wake up a few other states with similarly dilute statutes.
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And in Georgia, even oral sex is covered by sodomy laws.These people literally don't see the difference between a mouth and an arsehole.Prolly cause they talk so much shite.
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Technically, sodomy IS anything other than heterosexual missionary position, so anyone who says they're anti-sodomy is either a hypocrite or has a very, very boring sex life.
Wow. That's wild. I learn something every day. I'm in my 40's and I didn't realize the actual definition of sodomy included oral sex. We are all going to BURN IN HELL.
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Wow. That's wild. I learn something every day. I'm in my 40's and I didn't realize the actual definition of sodomy included oral sex. We are all going to BURN IN HELL.
What? You mean you don't restrict your sexual activities to good old fashioned vaginal sex? In case you missed the memo doing anything sexual for anything besides procreation is wrong. In other news, condoms are akin to abortion!
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The supreme court struck down anti-consensual-sodomy laws in the 1990's. People in Virginia actually got released from prison when it happened.

I remember when I was at the women's prison one of my inmates coming running up to me and saying, "Miss Gearbox, did you know oral sex is against the law in Virginia?" I was like, "Well, yeah, it's considered sodomy." She said, "I'm moving to another state when I get out!" I just hooted with laughter when she said that, and then assured her that unless she was doing it in public who was going to know?
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Okay, I'm going to admit to being somewhat boring here, however, I prefer the missionary position but I don't limit myself to it.

And that's just the intercourse part but I wont stray into tmi territory!
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Okay, I'm going to admit to being somewhat boring here, however, I prefer the missionary position but I don't limit myself to it.

And that's just the intercourse part but I wont stray into tmi territory!
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