Thursday, April 21, 2011

MAP: Has Your State Banned Sodomy?

In yet another example of why Virginia should be avoided like the plague if one is an LGBT citizen, Mother Jones has assembled a map - shown above - that shows the states that have refused to repeal their sodomy statutes notwithstanding the 2003 U. S. Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas. In Virginia, the Christian Taliban/Republicans - the two are pretty much synonymous in Virginia - deliberately determined NOT to repeal the state's sodomy statute which serves to give Neanderthal police a tool for harassing gays to apparently indulge their sick sense of "sport." Here are some story highlights:
Last week we reported on the debate in the Texas state legislature over whether to repeal to the state's ban on "homosexual conduct." It's been eight years since the Supreme Court officially knocked down anti-sodomy laws as unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas, but Texas' state legislature has thus far refused to remove the law from the books—in large part because most Texas Republicans still support it. In 2010, the state GOP made defense of the anti-sodomy statute part of its platform, calling for the state to effectively ignore the the law of the land: "We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy." Gov. Rick Perry, meanwhile, dismissed the Lawrence decision as the product of "nine oligarchs in robes" (never mind that it was a 6–3 decision).
But Texas isn't the only state that's still legislating bedroom activity. Fourteen states currently have laws on the books outlawing anal sex between two consenting, unrelated adults—referred to variously as "deviate sexual conduct," "the infamous crime against nature," "sodomy," and "buggery." And it's taken a concerted effort to keep those laws on the books.
Conservatives in those states know they can't enforce the laws, but by keeping them in the code, they can send a message that homosexuality is officially condemned by the government.

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