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“Challenges to Virginia’s Anti-Sodomy Law Mount”


— July 13, 2004

Did they have to use the word “mount”?

A Virginia Beach man convicted of soliciting sex in a department store bathroom is challenging the state’s sodomy law, which prosecutors have continued to enforce a year after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Lawrence v. Texas. . . .

[H]is challenge follows a similar petition to appeal that was filed by another Virginia Beach man in May, and a case involving two inmates that was appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court earlier this year.

At issue in each of the cases is whether the ruling that struck down a Texas law against sodomy in private settings invalidates Virginia’s law. Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore maintains that Virginia’s law is still enforceable against sodomy in public places, while opponents say the law should be stricken entirely.

Details here from the AP. (via SW Virginia Law Blog)


Did they have to use the word “mount”?

A Virginia Beach man convicted of soliciting sex in a department store bathroom is challenging the state’s sodomy law, which prosecutors have continued to enforce a year after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Lawrence v. Texas. . . .

[H]is challenge follows a similar petition to appeal that was filed by another Virginia Beach man in May, and a case involving two inmates that was appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court earlier this year.

At issue in each of the cases is whether the ruling that struck down a Texas law against sodomy in private settings invalidates Virginia’s law. Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore maintains that Virginia’s law is still enforceable against sodomy in public places, while opponents say the law should be stricken entirely.

Details here from the AP. (via SW Virginia Law Blog)

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