BY STEVE WILLIAMS
If we discount Montana, 13 states still have some form of sodomy statutes: Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. Montana’s former ban also specifically targeted homosexual couples. Sodomy laws are still invoked to deny LGBT people their rights and to stifle companies and business owners who are LGBT-affirming.
For instance, such bans have been used to prevent same-sex couples from adopting or gaining access to their own children after a marriage breakdown. They’ve also been used to deny people employment. Among the most infamous of cases is Georgia’s then-Attorney General Michael J. Bower, who rescinded a job offer to a lesbian lawyer because she was marrying a woman, and then successfully invoked the state’s sodomy law as a justification.
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