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

bulletArizona (and others): "Crime Against Nature"
bulletAlabama: "Sexual Misconduct"
bulletDistrict of Columbia: "Sexual Psychopaths"
bulletFlorida: "Unnatural & Lascivious Act"
bulletMassachusetts: "Sodomy & Buggery"
bulletMaryland: "Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practices"
bulletMississippi: "Unnatural Intercourse"
bulletMontana: "Deviate Sexual Conduct"
bulletTexas: "Homosexual Conduct"
bulletWisconsin: "Sexual Perversion"

Only For Homosexual Conduct

The five states with sodomy laws pertaining to homosexual conduct only....


The Dirty Dozen

The twelve states with the toughest maximum penalties are...

bulletMichigan LIFE in prison for repeat offenders, 15 otherwise
bulletGeorgia 20 years
bulletRhode Island 20 years
bulletTennessee 15 years
bulletMaryland 10 years
bulletMississippi 10 years
bulletMontana 10 years, homosexual offenders only
bulletNorth Carolina 10 years
bulletOklahoma 10 years
bulletWashington, DC 10 years
bulletNevada 6 years, homosexual only
bulletIdaho 5 years MINIMUM penalty

Other States With Sodomy Laws

bulletSouth Carolina

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