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Thursday 21 August 2014

US state overturns gay sex ban

Published 16/06/2014 | 21:57

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A court has overturned a US state's ban on gay sex.

An appeals court has ruled that an Alabama law criminalising consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional.

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The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously overturned the state's anti-sodomy law.

The judges said it was the first time the law's constitutionality had been addressed since the US Supreme Court overturned a similar Texas law in 2003.

Civil and gay-rights advocates say the ruling is a step in the right direction.

The state attorney general's office brought the case to the appeals court after a prosecutor failed to get a jury to convict a defendant on the felony charge of first-degree sodomy.

The jury had convicted the defendant of the lesser, non-felony charge of sexual misconduct.

The Human Rights Campaign says Alabama is one of a dozen states with anti-sodomy laws on the books.

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