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Texas May Finally Repeal Sodomy Law

Texas May Finally Repeal Sodomy Law

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The repeal would come 10 years after the law was declared unconstitutional. Several other states still have sodomy laws on the books as well.

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Ten years after Texas's sodomy law was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, the statute may finally be repealed.

State senator Jose Rodriguez was expected to present his repeal bill to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee today, the Associated Press reports. The Supreme Court struck down the law, along with sodomy laws in other states, in its landmark 2003 ruling Lawrence v. Texas, but the Texas legislature has so far resisted attempts to take it off the books. Rodriguez has urged lawmakers to respect the decision and LGBT rights by repealing the law, which is specific to gays.

Montana legislators recently repealed that state's gay-specific sodomy law, with a bill that the governor is expected to sign Thursday, and a federal court declined Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli's request to uphold his state's sodomy law, which applies to everyone. A total of 17 states still have sodomy laws, with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas having statutes that apply to gays only, and some of the states seek to enforce these laws despite the Lawrence v. Texas ruling. Read the Washington Blade's analysis of the situation here.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.