State Laws and Legislation

Virginia Sodomy Law

Virginia’s sodomy law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2003, as a result of the Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, No. 02-102 (U.S. June 26, 2003). Virginia had a statute prohibiting “crimes against nature, morals and decency,” applicable to both same-sex and opposite-sex conduct. The offense was considered a felony punishable by five years in prison. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-361 (2002).

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