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Thursday, March 6, 2014

SB14 Crimes Against Nature: Virginia Legislature Unanimously Repeals Unconstitutional Oral Sex Ban

 
Virginia Legislature Unanimously Repeals Unconstitutional Oral Sex Ban
By Josh Isreal    March 6, 2014
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/03/06/3369331/virginia-sodomy-repealed/#a Legislature Unanimously Repeals Unconstitutional Oral Sex Ban"


The Virginia House of Delegates passed, 100 to 0, a bill Thursday that will finally eliminate an unconstitutional sodomy ban than made oral and anal sex — even between consenting married couples — a felony. The legislation, which passed the Senate unanimously last month, will now go to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) for his signature. 

After conviction of a man charged, under Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature law, of soliciting a 17-year-old female for oral sex — a felony under the statute. Because that law — first enacted in 1950 to prohibit oral and anal sex, as well as bestiality — had not been updated, the court ruled it was unenforceable, putting the convictions of other sexual offenders and child predators at risk. 

In response, Sen. Thomas A. Garrett (R) filed a bill in December that would have eliminated the ban on adult consensual sodomy, but would have made oral sex between 17-year-olds a felony, even if they were legally married. After ThinkProgress reported on this possibly unintended consequence, Garrett and the Senate Courts of Justice Committee agreed on a substitute version that generally treats all sex equally.