Court overturns Alabama gay sex ban

www.ksdk.com Published: June 17, 2014
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Civil rights organizations in Alabama are cheering a state appeals court ruling that declared part of a state sexual misconduct law as unconstitutional, according to USA TODAY.



Under the statute, consensual oral and anal sex was banned in what the court determined was an act aimed at criminalizing homosexual activities. The portion of the law cited in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruling includes: "Consent is no defense to a prosecution under this subdivision."

The ruling was unanimous in the case of Dewayne Williams vs. State of Alabama. Williams, a Dallas County, Ala., man, who, although was not convicted in 2010 of first-degree sodomy, was convicted of the "lesser-included offense" of sexual misconduct, according to the ruling. Williams acknowledged he had taken part in the sodomy but argued it was consensual, the ruling states.

H/T: Newser
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