Sodomy law: Virginia, 1800

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death penalty for sodomy abolished

The death penalty for sodomy was abolished in Virginia. Anyone found guilty of any felony that was specifically excluded, and that was formerly punishable by death without benefit of clergy was henceforth to be confined to prison for "not less than one nor more than ten years." Slaves still remained liable to execution.[1]


  1. Crompton, "Homosexuals," 287. Cited in Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983), page 672 note 49.


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