SEXUAL BEHAVIOR OF CONSENTING ADULTS: SODOMY

In 1976, a married couple in Virginia was convicted of sodomy, which is defined as oral or anal sex. They were given five-year prison terms. They appealed their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court upheld the Virginia law, and sodomy has remained a crime in this state ever since.
The president of the American Psychiatric Association pointed out at the time that about two-thirds of sexually active American heterosexuals—80 million women and men—engage in oral or anal sex. He also reported that 20 million gay men and lesbians do likewise. If sodomy laws were enforced as they were in Virginia, 100 million Americans would be convicted.
It is not clear how the U.S. Supreme Court would now decide a case involving a criminal conviction of a heterosexual couple who had oral or anal sex. However, in 1986, in Bowers v. Hardwick, the Court upheld a Georgia law that punishes sodomy with 20 years in prison. In this case, two men were discovered having oral sex in their home by a policeman who was trying to serve a summons. The two men were arrested and charged with sodomy The Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy does not extend to sexual acts between two men or between two women, even in their own homes!
As of 1992, 19 states still had sodomy laws that applied to both straight and gay women and men, and four had sodomy laws that specifically targeted gay men and lesbians. Sodomy laws were most recently revoked in Montana in 1996.
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