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Georgia sex law abolished

2003-01-15 12:29:28+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Georgia Supreme Court has abolished a 170 year old law prohibiting sex outside of marriage.

The girl's boyfriend, Jesse McClure, said he was astonished at being accused of a crime for having sex.

"I laughed for hours," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

"It was so hilarious that they were going to charge somebody for having sex," he said.

McClure was ordered to pay a fine and write an essay about why he should not have had sex.

He wrote that it was none of the court's business.

Only 10 more states to go.

[ related topics: Children and growing up Sexual Culture Law Civil Liberties Marriage ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2003-01-15 16:13:33+00 by: TC

So Georgia decided to join the 19th century.

#Comment made: 2003-01-15 23:19:45+00 by: Larry Burton

He was fined $250. When his lawyer told him that he had been exonerated on appeal he asked, "So, does this mean I get my $250 back?"

There are still illegal ways to have consensual sex in Georgia. It is still illegal for an adult to have sex with a minor and it is still illegal for people of the same sex to have sex.

#Comment made: 2003-01-15 23:56:44+00 by: Dan Lyke

Is mixed gender "sodomy" still illegal? I remember it being so during the'96 Olympics, when a lawmaker proposed that simple line drawings for the list of banned activities be posted with the international circle-and-slash in every hotel room, to help foreign visitors keep up with local law.

#Comment made: 2003-01-16 03:23:11+00 by: meuon

But they realized to late it was more of a 'how to ' manual. :)

#Comment made: 2003-01-16 07:14:38+00 by: topspin

Georgia's Supreme Court overturned the sodomy law back in '98. Ah, the good ol' days, when running to Atlanta meant a good concert at the Agora Ballroom, some mellow fellowship with friends, and.... if I was lucky.... a class A felony.