Virginia Finally Repeals Unenforceable Anti-Sodomy Law
On Thursday, Virginia legislators finally voted to repeal the state's anti-sodomy law, which banned oral and anal sex. Of course, the law has been unenforceable since 2003, but that hasn't stopped anti-gay legislators like former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli from trying to enforce the defunct legislation.
Now, even those efforts won't be possible.
...all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates voted to green-light SB 14, a repeal measure that passed the state Senate last month (also unanimously, in a 40-0 vote). The bill now goes to Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, who will sign it into law.
Of course, Virginia's sodomy law has been invalid since 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas ruling struck down state laws prohibiting consensual, non-commercial, private sexual acts between adults. Virginia's sodomy ban -- the "Crimes Against Nature" statue, which was so strict that it even criminalized oral sex between married couples -- clearly fell under the scope of the ruling. But as Think Progress's Josh Israel points out, Republicans who controlled the state legislature resisted all efforts to formally repeal the now-unenforceable law.
We guess Republican lawmakers will have to come up with some other hobby to fill their time. We'd suggest a few ideas, but who are we kidding, they've definitely already tried them. (Don't ask, don't tell!!)