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

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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.

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  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.

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