Sodomy: What Is It?
Sodomy is most commonly legally defined as any contact between the genitals of one
person, and the mouth or anus of another. The word has its origins in Christianity. It is
sometimes used to mean sexual deviation, though in legal contexts it is defined as above.
Throughout history, "sodomites," mostly male homosexuals and bestialists, have
been punished by a largely theocratically controlled government, in hopes of stamping out
"ungodly practices" that might bring divine retribution against Christian
society. In medieval Europe, intercourse between a male field worker and a noble woman was
legally considered "sodomy," as it was thought to cause a poor harvest. The
history of the concept of sodomy is tied to the Church in most every case.
Currently, there is no federal sodomy law, though some federal land falls under
maritime jurisdiction, which may have sanctions in some cases. 25 states do not have
sodomy laws. 5 states have laws pertaining to homosexual sodomy only, and
the remaining 20 states, plus the District of Columbia, have laws covering all
sodomy, even between heterosexuals.
How some states have titled their sodomy statues
|Arizona (and others): "Crime Against Nature"|
|Alabama: "Sexual Misconduct"|
|District of Columbia: "Sexual Psychopaths"|
|Florida: "Unnatural & Lascivious Act"|
|Massachusetts: "Sodomy & Buggery"|
|Maryland: "Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practices"|
|Mississippi: "Unnatural Intercourse"|
|Montana: "Deviate Sexual Conduct"|
|Texas: "Homosexual Conduct"|
|Wisconsin: "Sexual Perversion" |