Attorney General Candidates Offer Views (excerpt)
& Gazette, May 25, 1998
Little Rock, AR 72203
(no letters from outside Arkansas; 250 word limit)
By Bill Simmons
. . . The Anti-Sodomy Law
Questions: What is your opinion of the constitutionality of the
Arkansas law under which homosexual sodomy is a crime (a Class A misdemeanor)? Would you
strenuously defend the statute if it were challenged in court during your tenure as
Pryor: "The current Arkansas anti-sodomy law is arguably
constitutional under the reasoning of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Bowers v.
Hardwick. It is the attorney general's statutory duty to defend the laws of this state,
and I will do so."
Dickey: "The Arkansas law banning homosexual sodomy is
constitutional under federal constitutional law. Yes, I would defend the statute." .
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