Federal appeals court strikes down Virginia anti-sodomy law

A federal appeals court struck down Virginia’s anti-sodomy law on Tuesday, a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court banned laws prohibiting sex between consenting adults. Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond held that the state’s “crimes against nature” law was unconstitutional in light of the high court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.The Virginia decision is a clear civil rights win — such laws often target gays and lesbians – but has semi-unsavory origins. The appeal originated in a 2005 case in which a 47-year-old man was convicted of soliciting a 17-year-old girl for sex. The girl refused and reported the incident to police, resulting in a “crimes against nature” charge.As reported by the Richmond Times Dispatch:Continue Reading…

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Federal appeals court strikes down Virginia anti-sodomy law

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