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U.S. court strikes down Virginia's 'Crimes Against Nature' statute.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” statute is unconstitutional. Among other things, the act criminalizes “all acts of oral and anal sex, including private acts between consenting adults,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports the decision.

From the ACLU’s press release:

The Court of Appeals wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2003 ruling, Lawrence v. Texas, invalidated all state statutes that criminalize sexual activity between consenting adults, and ruled that such statutes should not be the basis of a criminal prosecution. “It is shameful that Virginia continued to prosecute individuals under the sodomy statute for ten years after the Supreme Court held that such laws are unconstitutional," said ACLU of Virginia Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg. "This ruling should bring an end to such prosecutions.”

Read the court’s decision here

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