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Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law amid fears for his safety

Friday, August 29, 2014
Javed Jaghai
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex between men.

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Alabama appeals court rules state’s sodomy law unconstitutional

Saturday, June 14, 2014
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama appeals court on Friday ruled that the state's ban on consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, is unconstitutional. The appeals courts said that a portion of Alabama's sexual misconduct statute -- which reads in part, "consent is no defense to a prosecution" -- was unconstitutional.

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Brunei embraces strict Islamic laws, calls for death by stoning for sodomy

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Brunei on Thursday embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights.

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

Monday, April 21, 2014
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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.

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Louisiana House kills bill to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Louisiana House chamber
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Brunei
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.

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Louisiana
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.

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Va. legislature moves to strike sodomy ban from state code

Friday, March 7, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
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.

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013
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.
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.

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

Monday, October 7, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Courtwon’t hear an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down Virginia’s anti-sodomy law.

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