Under the Common Law, sodomy consisted of anal intercourse. Michael Hardwick was arrested and charged with sodomy for engaging in oral sex with a consenting male adult in his home. Traditionally courts and statutes referred to it as a "crime against nature" or as copulation "against the order of nature." In the United States, the term eventually encompassed oral sex as well as anal sex. Because homosexual activity involves anal and oral sex, gay men were the primary target of sodomy laws. A police officer was let into Hardwick's home to serve a warrant and saw the sexual act. 2d 508, in a 6–3 decision, the Court invalidated a Texas anti-homosexual sodomy law by invoking the constitutional rights to privacy. This crime was punished with great severity by the civil law.
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As of early 2003, eight states had laws that barred heterosexual and homosexual sodomy.
Three other states barred sodomy between homosexuals.
"Between Two Spheres: Comparing State and Federal Approaches to the Right to Privacy and Prohibitions Against Sodomy." Yale Law Journal 111 (January). Gradually, over the last decades, consensual buggery has been legalized to prevent discrimination against homosexuals. The crime against nature, committed either with man or beast. It is a crime not it to be named; peccatum illud horrible, inter christianos non nominandum.
(See: rape, bestiality) the crime of having even consensual sex by insertion of the male member into the rectum of another person.
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