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Friday, January 14, 2011

Virginia Supreme Court invalidated 'singles sex law'

On January 14, 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously struck down a state law prohibiting consensual sex between unmarried people. The justices based their decision on Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 US Supreme Court case voiding a state anti-sodomy law. As in that case, the Virginia Supreme Court found the state law unconstitutional as it infringed the due process rights of adults to engage in private sexual conduct. The law against sex between consensual non-married individuals - Virginia Code § 18.2-344 - had been on the books for over 200 years but had not been enforced since 1847.



Learn more about Lawrence v. Texas from Duke University School of Law.




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