"The Duke of York's Laws": September 25, 1676

death for sodomy

The Duke of York's Laws, including a capital sodomy provision (see 1665), were by an executive order of Governor Edmund Andros made operative in the area later to become Pennsylvania.(1)

This law was next revised in 1682.



  1. Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983), p. 111, citing Harry Elmer Barnes, The Evolution of Penology in Pennsylvania: A Study in American Social History (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1927), p. 29; Crompton, "Homosexuals," p. 282.