It’s Safe To Have Sex in Virginia Again

Apparently, there was a two century old law in Virginia that considered sex outside of marriage a Class Four Misdemeanor. But, thankfully, that’s been overturned in court, as on Friday it was struck down as unconstitutional. This law, however, is unrelated to the sodomy law that is still on the books making that blowjob you got in the bathroom at Whitlow’s still a misdemeanor. Best not to tell anyone about that.

6 Comments so far

  1. JennB (unregistered) on January 15th, 2005 @ 9:54 pm

    I remember hearing about that, probably when I was in high school. Which was, ironically, the place where people broke that law the most.


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 15th, 2005 @ 10:26 pm

    Heh. I figured colleges might be a more likely market…


  3. Matt (unregistered) on January 16th, 2005 @ 12:18 pm

    Definitely. College.


  4. Robbie (unregistered) on January 16th, 2005 @ 3:12 pm

    Acutally, all sodomy laws have been ruled unconsititutionl by the US Supreme Court (Lawrence v. Texas).


  5. Tiffany Baxendell (unregistered) on January 16th, 2005 @ 4:57 pm

    That’s not entirely true, Robbie. The Supreme Court ruled that Texas’ law was unconstitutional because it discriminates against gay people. Virginia’s law doesn’t specify the gender of the participants.


  6. Derek (unregistered) on January 17th, 2005 @ 8:16 am

    I love how an ammendment intended to protect the newly acquired rights of african americans is used as a loophole to allow a woman to sue a man for giving her herpes.

    http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment14/02.html#1

    “Our holding does not affect the Commonwealth’s police power regarding regulation of public fornication, prostitution or other such crimes,” the opinion said.

    And it’s interesting to me where people draw the line, as far as what a “priviledge” is. Obviously having extra-marital sex for money in the privacy of your own home is illegal, but if it’s free then it’s OK.



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