Buggery law: New York, 1691

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Death for "buggery"

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After the Glorious Revolution in England, in 1691, New York became a royal province. From that year the English "buggery" law (providing death for the crime) was apparently regarded as in effect.[1]

On February 14, 1787, New York passed a new law explicitly mandating death for "buggery."[2]

The death penalty for the crime was abolished in New York in 1796.

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  1. Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983), p. 121, citing Crompton, "Homosexuals," p. 282.
  2. Laws of the State of New-York, Comprising The Constitution and The Acts of the Legislature Since the Revolution from the First to the Twelfth Session, Inclusive (Hanover: Hugh Gaine, 1789), vol. 2, p. 45.

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