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Louisiana Upholds Its Unconstitutional Sodomy Ban

Law voided in 2003 by Supreme Court can't be used as grounds for arrest

(Newser) - Louisiana voted resoundingly yesterday to keep its symbolic sodomy ban on the books—a ban made toothless more than a decade ago when the Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws can't be enforced. The bill that would have rid the state of the measure failed in the state's... More »

SCOTUS Axes Virginia's Bid to Revive Anti-Sodomy Law

Supreme Court shoots down AG's appeal

(Newser) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's attempt to revive his state's ban on oral and anal sex has been shot down by the Supreme Court, Raw Story reports. The court—which banned anti-sodomy laws in its 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision—refused to hear an appeal of a lower... More »

Transgendered Jamaican Teen Brutally Beaten, Shot by Mob

Murder shines light on rampant anti-gay culture

(Newser) - Dwayne Jones was kicked around and harassed for much of his young life. His father booted him from his house at age 14 for being effeminate, and along with neighbors, ran Dwayne out of the Jamaican slum in which he was raised. He was teased to the point where he... More »

La. Cops Still Busting Men ... Using Invalid Sodomy Law

Baton Rouge sheriff claims he didn't know it was unconstitutional

(Newser) - News of the landmark 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down anti-sodomy laws has taken an exceptionally long time to reach law enforcement in Baton Rouge, La. In at least a dozen cases since 2011, including one this month, men have been arrested under a state law banning "unnatural... More »

Jamaicans Rally to Keep Anti-Sodomy Law

1.5K take part in revival meetings led by pastors

(Newser) - About 1,500 Jamaicans rallied over a 149-year-old anti-sodomy law yesterday—and not to repeal it, as one might assume. The country's Supreme Court will hear a rare challenge to the 1864 law tomorrow, so pastors yesterday led two revival meetings to decry the growing acceptance of homosexuality. Attendees,... More »

Scalia Spars With Student on Gay Rights

Duncan Hosie asks justice how he can equate sodomy and murder

(Newser) - A Princeton freshman took Antonin Scalia to task yesterday, asking the Supreme Court justice how he can compare sodomy to bestiality and murder in his writings. "I don't think it's necessary, but I think it's effective," Scalia told the student during a question and answer... More »

Legal Experts: Sodomy Is a Civil Right

Virginia's Bob Marshall's view is disputed

(Newser) - Actually, Virginia GOP legislator Bob Marshall, sodomy is a civil right. That's the word from a number of legal experts responding to Marshall's headline-grabbing snort that "sodomy is not a civil right"—made in an effort to block the appointment of a gay prosecutor to a... More »

Virginia Delegate: 'Sodomy Is Not a Civil Right'

Robert Marshall fought against openly gay district judge

(Newser) - Virginia Del. Robert Marshall has been on a crusade to prevent an openly gay man from becoming a district judge, and while arguing his case last night on CNN , he uttered this headline-generating quote: “Sodomy is not a civil right.” (CNN pundit Margaret Hoover called the quote "... More »

Malaysian Opposition Leader Cleared of Sodomy Rap

Ruling could bolster Anwar Ibrahim in elections this year

(Newser) - More than three years after being charged with sodomy , a criminal offense in Malaysia, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was surprisingly acquitted, reports Reuters . "Justice has been done. I am vindicated," Anwar told his supporters gathered at the courthouse. Anwar was found not guilty because DNA evidence against him... More »

Landmark Texas Sodomy Case Slips Perry's Mind

Gay-rights case he opposed doesn't ring a bell

(Newser) - Rick Perry drew a blank yesterday when asked about a Supreme Court landmark decision that struck down Texas' anti-sodomy law during his time as governor. Perry—who defended the law ahead of the Lawrence vs Texas case, and mentioned it in his latest book—said he didn't know about... More »

Gadhafi Sodomized by Fighter; Burial Tomorrow

Video shows rebel assaulting him with knife or stick

(Newser) - While Libyan rebels say Gadhafi will be buried tomorrow, it appears one freedom-fighter sodomized the former leader during his capture and murder last week. A closer look at video of the scene shows a rebel inserting a stick or knife into Gadhafi's rear end as he is dragged from... More »

Why Is 'Homosexual Conduct' Still Illegal in Texas?

Despite Supreme Court ruling, anti-sodomy law remains on books

(Newser) - According to the Texas state penal code, "homosexual conduct" is still a criminal offense—even though the Supreme Court deemed the state's anti-sodomy law unconstitutional eight years ago. Though the state stopped enforcing the law after the Supreme Court's decision, it's still on the books—and... More »

Gore, Wolfowitz Team Up to Fight Malaysia Trial

They don't agree on much, except that Anwar Ibrahim is being railroaded

(Newser) - The case of persecuted Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has created an unlikely pair of allies: Al Gore and Paul Wolfowitz. They argue in a joint editorial for the Wall Street Journal that the US must pressure Malaysia to stop the politically motivated trial Anwar is currently facing on dubious... More »

Colbert to Texas: Banning Sodomy? Good Plan!

As long as you only ban 'the gay kind'

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert has just one problem with the Texas GOP’s plan to criminalize sodomy: It doesn't clarify what kind of sodomy it's talking about. “See, I’m all for banning the gay kind, but sometimes sodomy can be a depraved, unnatural act of debasement between a man and... More »

Gay Couple Jailed for Malawi 'Wedding'

Under old sodomy laws, they could face 14 years in prison

(Newser) - A gay couple in Malawi faces up to 14 years in prison for proclaiming their love for each other in a traditional engagement ceremony. Steven Monjenza 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were rounded up by police and charged under colonial-era sodomy laws after word of their engagement hit the press.... More »

NYC Cops Claim Victim Sodomized Himself

Cops accused of sexual assault, cover-up go on trial

(Newser) - A man who accuses police of sodomizing him with a baton caused his own injuries while his hands were handcuffed behind his back, lawyers for three New York City police officers told a court yesterday. Tattoo artist Michael Mineo "was digging and digging at his backside," said a... More »

Mo. Cops Seek Bodies, Kids' Notes on Abuse

Police dig up farm where 5 men charged with child rape

(Newser) - Investigators are digging up property at a Missouri farm where an elderly man and his four sons have been charged in repeated sexual assaults of young relatives, according to officials. Police are searching for bodies, as well as buried glass jars containing handwritten notes by children detailing their abuse up... More »

Sex Crime Laws Are a Crime

(Newser) - Sex offender laws in the US and Europe are becoming more ridiculous and futile as they grow more severe, the Economist says. Many of the nation's 674,000 registered sex criminals pose little threat—think of the Georgia teenager who gave a boy oral sex in class—but they still... More »

Malaysian Opposition Leader Pleads Not Guilty to Sodomy

Rips charge as 'treacherous' tactic to undermine political comeback

(Newser) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he sodomized a male aide, dismissing it as a "treacherous" accusation aimed at undermining democracy, AP reports. Anwar, 60, was charged under massive police security, underscoring the controversy surrounding the case, and was freed on bail... More »

Malaysian Opposition Leader Busted for Sodomy

Anwar Ibrahim calls charges political

(Newser) - Police in Malaysia have arrested the country's opposition leader and are questioning him over accusations of sodomy from a 23-year-old male aide, reports the AP. Anwar Ibrahim, whose party made major inroads against the government in March elections, claims that the charges are baseless. "This is not a criminal... More »

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