Last edited: February 23, 2005

 

South Carolina

  • Statute: 16-15-120, Buggery. Unconstitutional under Lawrence v. Texas
  • Penalty: 5  years/$500
  • Classification: Felony
  • Restrictions: None

Statute

Section 16-15-120. Buggery.

Whoever shall commit the abominable crime of buggery, whether with mankind or with beast, shall, on conviction, be guilty of felony and shall be imprisoned in the Penitentiary for five years or shall pay a fine of not less than five hundred dollars, or both, at the discretion of the court.


History

            1869     South Carolina abolishes the death penalty for sodomy, but doesnít establish a replacement penalty. This oversight isnít corrected for three years.

            1895     South Carolina adopts the first constitutional ban on voting by those convicted of sodomy. In 1970, South Carolina voters repeal this provision.


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