Sodomy law: Delaware, 1719

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The Delaware Assembly passed a "sodomy" law reproducing the Pennsylvania law of 1718 (instituting the death penalty for the crime).[1] This Delaware law apparently remained in effect until 1826 when the death penalty for this crime was revoked.


References

  1. Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983) p. 131, citing Laws of the State of Delaware . . . (New-Castle, Pa.: Samuel and John Adams, 1797), vol. I, p. 67. For the law of 1826: Laws of Delaware (Wilmington: R. Porter, 1826), p. 139.


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