Virginia, USA: Federal Court Strikes Down State Anti Sodomy Law

Written by scott on March 13th, 2013

VirginiaVirginia’s sodomy law has continued to be used by the state over the ten years since the US Supreme Court struck down such laws nationwide. A federal court said it must stop as LGBTQ Nation reports:

Though the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws nationally in 2003, the ACLU said Virginia had been using broad sodomy laws to prosecute people for constitutionally protected conduct. “It is shameful that Virginia continued to prosecute individuals under the sodomy statute for 10 years after the Supreme Court held that such laws are unconstitutional,” said Rebecca Glenberg of the ACLU of Virginia, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the court to invalidate the law.

The law had been used to “prosecute people who were accused of engaging in oral or anal sex with minors, or soliciting in public.”

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