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Alabama Gay Sex Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By Court Of Appeals

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You may not be able to marry someone of the same sex in Alabama, but now you can at least have sex with them. The Associated Press reported that the Alabama court of appeals has declared an anti-sodomy law unconstitutional.

In other words, consensual sex between two people of the same sex is no longer against the law in Alabama.

For gay-rights groups, this is a step in the right direction. For the state attorney general’s office, it may be more of an embarrassment. The prosecutor for the case, Williams v. Alabama, failed to convict the defendant on a first-degree sodomy charge. The lack of conviction is what brought the law up for question to the appeals court in the first place.

Meanwhile, the state of Alabama’s ban on gay marriage stands. Lawsuits are in progress to overturn the ban, but so far nothing has shaken courts of their resolve to uphold the ban.

Of course, not everyone is quite as excited as the gays in this long awaited victory. If the judge in the following video gets his way, no one will be able to marry someone of the same sex. From the looks of things, his campaign does not seem to garner enough momentum to reverse the victories the pro-gay marriage movement has gained in recent years.

The reaction over Twitter was a small bewilderment that it took this long to get an anti-sodomy law overturned. The ACLU shared a similar bewilderment. “Consensual sex is just that – consensual – regardless of an individual’s sexual orientation,” Susan Watson, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said according to the Washington Times, “We don’t need government in our bedrooms.”

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Alabama Gay Sex Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By Court Of Appeals
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