There are 16 USA states with sodomy laws in 2020


According to ACLU, laws against sodomy were originally designed to prohibit any sex that was not for procreation, including sex outside of marriage, gay sex, pedophilia, incest and bestiality. But in the late 1960s, the laws began to be used to specifically target gay people, excusing discrimination against them. Some states rewrote their sodomy laws so that they would only apply to gay people, others ruled in court that they could not be applied to straight people. In other states, no official change was made and sodomy laws were simply treated as gay-specific. Sodomy is illegal in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Texas, Kentucky and Kansas use these laws against same-sex relationships only. Legislators in Maryland are debating this session whether to repeal sodomy laws in the state.


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