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SLDN Hails Cox Commission Report on Military’s Sodomy Statute

The Advocate, June 2–4, 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 commission’s report is the first comprehensive review of the UCMJ since its enactment in 1951. C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of SLDN, praised the commission’s recommendation. "The commission is appropriately urging Congress to step into the present and do right by our men and women in uniform. The military’s sodomy law is antiquated and should be repealed."

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