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Alabama appeals court overturns ban on gay sex

The Alabama statute made it illegal to engage in consensual oral or anal sex.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   June 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM
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MONTGOMERY , Ala., June 16 (UPI) -- An Alabama appeals court has struck down a law prohibiting oral and anal sex.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously on Friday that state code section 13A-6-65 is unconstitutional.

The code defined "any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another" as sexual misconduct.

The appeals court ruled in favor of Dewayne Williams, of Dallas County, Ala., who was convicted of first-degree sodomy and sexual misconduct in 2010. Williams had argued that the sex was consensual.

The appeals court cited the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Lawrence v. Texas ruling from 2003, which held that "legitimate state interest which can justify its intrusion into the personal and private life of the individual."

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