Sex Laws




United States

Latest news: On June 26, 2003, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state sodomy laws can no longer be enforced against consenting adults acting in private. This affects laws in the remaining thirteen states which had not yet followed the trend of repealing or invalidating such laws at the state level.

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A fun book with a libertarian message that I keep picking up and reading parts of is Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do; The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society, Peter McWilliams, 6/1996. Also available for reading online on the author's home page paperback
My favorite reference book on the subject is A Guide to America's Sex Laws, Richard Posner and Katharine Silbaugh, 10/1996. The authors have researched all the state laws and US code. In addition to discussing each state's current laws, they discuss the history of each type of law. Published by the University of Chicago Press hardcover, paperback
Sacred Secrets; The Sanctity of Sex in Jewish Law and Lore, Gershon Winkler, 4/1998. hardcover
Sex, Laws, and Cyberspace, Jonathan Wallace and Mark Mangan, 3/1996 paperback
Laws and Nature; Shaping Sex, Preference, and Family, David Estlund and Martha Nussbaum, 12/1996. hardcover, paperback
Reconstructing the Household; Families, Sex, and the Law in the Nineteenth-Century South, Peter Bardaglio, 3/1998. hardcover, paperback
Hard Bargains : The Politics of Sex Linda Hirshman and Jane Larson, 10/1998. hardcover, paperback
Dearest Pet; On Bestiality, Midas Dekkers and Paul Vincent, 6/1994. hardcover, paperback
Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology (The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society), Mark Jordan, 5/1997. hardcover, paperback
Close Readers; Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England, Alan Stewart, 5/1997. hardcover
Sex Power and Justice : Historical Perspectives on Law in Australia, Diane Kirkby, 3/1996. hardcover
Sex Drugs Death and the Law : An Essay on Human Rights and Overcriminalization, David Richards, 4/82. hardcover
Sex, Morality, and the Law, Lori Gruen and George Panichas, 11/1996. hardcover, paperback
Unwanted Sex; The Culture of Intimidation and the Failure of Law, Stephen Schulhofer, 11/1998. hardcover, paperback

Books on the lighter side...

Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors, Lance Davidson, 4/1998. paperback
You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant: 101 Real Dumb Laws, Jeff Koon, Andy Powell, Ward Schumaker, 6/2002. paperback

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I am not a lawyer nor do I ever plan to be. Nothing found in this site should be taken as legal advice. If you want legal advice, find a lawyer. The law books contain much more detail than has been included in this site. Many cross references and important judicial decisions noted in the books clarify the meaning of each law. Although reading the text of the law usually reveals much of the meaning, a complete understanding of the law is impossible without more research. Ask to see your state's code at your library. If they don't have a copy, they will know where you can find one.

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