Buggery law: South Carolina, 1712

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South Carolina legislators included the text of the English "buggery" law (and its death penalty) in the South Carolina statute, an explicit incorporation rare in the Southern-colonies.[1] Usually the English buggery law was simply assumed to be operative. This South Carolina buggery law of 1712 remained in effect for one hundred and sixty-one years, until 1873, when the death penalty was repealed.

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Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983) p. 128.

  1. 1712: South Carolina "buggery" law; Thomas Cooper, ed., The Statutes at Large of South Carolina . . . (Columbia, S. C.: Johnston, 1873), vol. 2, p. 465. For the S. C. law of 1873 see Crompton, "Homosexuals," p. 28.
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