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Twelve states still ban sodomy a decade after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Monday, April 21, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. — A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books more that 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana House chamber

Louisiana House kills bill to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. [ Read more → ]
Brunei

UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana

La. House committee supports repealing ‘crimes against nature’ gay sex law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A Louisiana House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex. [ Read more → ]
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Va. legislature moves to strike sodomy ban from state code

Friday, March 7, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- More than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sodomy bans across the nation, the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday voted unanimously to eliminate its ban on oral and anal sex — even between consenting married couples — from the state code. [ Read more → ]
Saurabh Das, APGay rights activists wave rainbow colored flags during a protest meeting after the top Indian court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect in India Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in New Delhi, India.

India’s law minister: Government likely to review anti-gay sex law

Thursday, December 12, 2013
NEW DELHI -- India's law minister said Thursday that the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, and that the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Supreme Court won’t hear Cuccinelli’s appeal to reinstate sodomy law

Monday, October 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Courtwon’t hear an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down Virginia’s anti-sodomy law. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Kleckley

La. House Speaker won’t seek repeal of unconstitutional sodomy law

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. — House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he won't seek a repeal of an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law from Louisiana's criminal statutes. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana

Sodomy, evolution, abortion: Louisiana holds on to unenforceable laws

Sunday, August 11, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's recent use of an unconstitutional law to arrest gay men who weren't doing anything illegal might not have happened if state lawmakers had stripped the statute from the state's law books once it was thrown out. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

U.S. Supreme Court denies Cuccinelli’s request for stay on Va. sodomy law

Saturday, August 10, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by Virginia Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli to put on hold a lower court ruling that nullified a sweeping anti-sodomy state law. [ Read more → ]
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Baton Rouge, La., cops arresting gay men for private consensual sex

Sunday, July 28, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- At least a dozen men since 2011, the most recent on July 18, have been arrested in East Baton Rouge, La., under the state's unenforceable "crimes against nature" anti-sodomy law. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Va. AG launches ‘child predators’ website to build support for sodomy laws

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has launched a website to build support for his fight to keep the state's sodomy laws on the books, and to attack Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. [ Read more → ]
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers chant during an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Jamaican gay rights activist seeking changes to anti-sodomy law

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A gay rights activist got his first court hearing Tuesday on his effort to bring a constitutional challenge to Jamaica's nearly 150-year-old colonial-era law that bans sex between men. [ Read more → ]
Ken CuccinelliPhoto: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Va. AG wants U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate sodomy law

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Virginia's anti-sodomy law, arguing that a lower court misinterpreted the scope of the justices' 2003 decision invalidating a similar law in Texas. [ Read more → ]
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers hold signs while attending an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica, Sunday, June 23, 2013. Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country's anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality.

Jamaica church leaders rally, protest efforts to repeal anti-sodomy law

Sunday, June 23, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country's anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
grenada

Grenada senator urges new look at anti-sodomy laws

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada — The president of Grenada's Senate says the Caribbean island should reconsider its laws prohibiting sex between men. [ Read more → ]
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Montana governor signs bill to strike down obsolete sodomy law

Thursday, April 18, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — An obsolete law deeming gay sex as deviant — akin to bestiality — was stricken from Montana code Thursday, prompting gay rights activists to say they hope that full legal equality may be close at hand. [ Read more → ]
Steve Bullock

Montana governor Steve Bullock to sign bill decriminalizing gay sex

Thursday, April 18, 2013
HELENA, Mont. -- Gov. Steve Bullock will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes gay sex 16 years after the Montana Supreme Court ruled the law criminalizing gay sex unconstitutional, and ten years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws nationwide. [ Read more → ]
Jose Rodriguez

Texas Senate committee votes to repeal state’s anti-gay sodomy law

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted on Wednesday to repeal the state's anti-gay sodomy law, a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Bill to decriminalize gay sex in Montana hailed on passing

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
HELENA, Mont. -- The woman who led the court battle to strike down a Montana law that made gay sex illegal knows that having the unconstitutional law struck from the books is a symbolic act. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Federal appeals court rejects Va. AG’s request to reconsider ban on sodomy law

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
RICHMOND -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has denied a request by the Virginia Attorney General's office to appeal to a March decision that struck down state sodomy laws. [ Read more → ]
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Mont. House endorses measure to decriminalize gay sex

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana state House on Tuesday endorsed a bill that would repeal an obsolete state law criminalizing gay sex a day after voting to bypass the committee that tabled the measure. [ Read more → ]
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Mont. state House advances bill to repeal obsolete law that criminalizes gay sex

Monday, April 8, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana House is moving forward with a measure that would repeal an obsolete state law that criminalizes gay sex, despite a committee's decision to table it. [ Read more → ]
Nevada

ACLU: Nevada’s ‘infamous crime against nature’ statute targets gay teens

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada wants a federal court to declare unconstitutional a state law that criminalizes consensual sex between same-sex teenagers as a "crime against nature." [ Read more → ]
Ken CuccinelliPhoto: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Va. AG petitions federal appeals court to reinstate sodomy law

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, challenging a recent court ruling that struck down Virginia's sodomy laws. [ Read more → ]
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