SLDN Hails Cox Commission Report on Militarys Sodomy Statute
June 24, 2001
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on Wednesday hailed the recommendation
of a commission reviewing the Uniform Code of Military Justice to repeal the
military sodomy statute, also known as Article 125. Calling military sodomy
prosecutions "arbitrary, even vindictive," the Cox Commission
recommended that Congress repeal the statute and replace it with a statute
governing sexual abuse similar to laws adopted by many states and in Title 18
of the United States Code. The commission published its findings Friday in
commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UCMJ. The commissions report
is the first comprehensive review of the UCMJ since its enactment in 1951. C.
Dixon Osburn, executive director of SLDN, praised the commissions
recommendation. "The commission is appropriately urging Congress to step
into the present and do right by our men and women in uniform. The militarys
sodomy law is antiquated and should be repealed."
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