Kansas’ Sodomy Law to Be Focus of Meeting
Capital-Journal, May 7, 2003
616 SE Jefferson Street, Topeka, KS 66607
Topekans are invited to discuss the future of the Kansas
sodomy law at a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Washburn
University School of Law, S.W. 17th and MacVicar.
The meeting is sponsored by the Lambda Legal Defense and
Education Fund and the Kansas Unity and Pride Alliance.
According to a release from the sponsoring group, the
meeting will focus on the future of a law that criminalizes private, adult,
consenting sexual activity between members of the same sex.
Much of the meeting will be devoted to hearing from
members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community about how
the sodomy law affects the community and planning for change.
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a challenge to
Texas’ homosexual conduct sodomy law in the case of Lawrence and Garner v.
That case may have an effect on the Kansas law.
Lambda Legal Defense presented arguments before the
Supreme Court in March on the case.
Tiffany Muller, board member of the Kansas Unity and
Pride Alliance, will moderate the town hall meeting.
It will include remarks by Lee Taft, director of the
South Central office of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, who
attended the Supreme Court hearing.
Topeka lawyer Pedro Irigonegaray, who has been involved
in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered movement for equality in
Topeka, will speak, as will Christine Robinson, a Lawrence sociologist who is
researching the effect of the state’s sodomy law on lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgendered Kansans.
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