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http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/03/06/3369331/virginia-sodomy-repealed/#a Legislature Unanimously Repeals Unconstitutional Oral Sex Ban"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