Letter: Repeal the Law
Journal, March 23, 2001
Box 3159, Winston-Salem, NC 27102-3159
Thank you for your support of the Sexual Privacy Act, which would reform
the states crimes against nature law so it would not apply if the act
occurs between consenting adults in private ("Not Publics
Business," March 8). The amendment would not apply to sex for hire. [In
other words, it would remain in effect for prostitutes.]
The problem with the existing law is not just discrimination by landlords.
The problem instead is that violating the Crime Against Nature law is a
felony, and the existence of the law has been used to conclude that all
homosexuals are felons.
While the law also applies to acts between heterosexuals, it mostly has
been used against homosexuals. Under the law, some homosexuals have been
arrested simply for going to the police to report a property crime or an
assault. It is at the heart of the fear by homosexuals to report hate crimes
to the police.
The existence of the law has been used to preclude a gay or lesbian couple
from raising children. It has been used to take away visitation rights by a
gay man or lesbian after a divorce.
Many gay men and lesbians attempt marriage because they have been taught
that it is the right thing to do, only to realize after 10 or 15 years that it
really cant work. It is a leading, but hidden, cause for divorce.
Most states have repealed crime against nature laws. It is time for North
Carolina to do the same.
Robert Conn, Winston-Salem
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