extremely harsh sodomy law, including flogging, is signed by Governor William
Henry Harrison, the only sodomy law ever signed by a future U.S. President.
becomes the first state in the nation to make an accusation of sodomy a
specific ground for libel.
1881 A new
criminal code adds a provision to the sodomy law that it is illegal for a
person over twenty-one to assist someone under twenty-one with masturbation.
Cunnilingus is prosecuted in the state under this provision.
enacts the nation’s (and world’s) first sterilization law. The first law
covers all “confirmed criminals,” which could include those convicted of
first published sodomy case under the federal Assimilative Crimes Act is in
Indiana. The law makes a crime on federal property located within a state
anything that is a crime under state law.
Supreme Court Justice Amos Jackson issues the first of what would turn out to
be many dissents in sodomy cases, he being the most outspokenly anti-sodomy
law Supreme Court Justice in the nation until his retirement in 1970.
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