Straight Man Joining Challenge to Virginia Sodomy Law
March 6, 2001
A man convicted of sodomy with a woman has joined the suit challenging
Virginias sodomy law. Ten men convicted of soliciting sex from undercover
police officers in a Roanoke park are appealing the convictions and
challenging the constitutionality of the law. Fred Leslie Fisher, who was
convicted of sodomy with a woman in a hotel room in Frederick County, is now
joining the suit, says attorney Sam Garrison, who is leading the challenge.
"There seems to be a widespread misperception that sodomy is something
thats committed only by gay people," Garrison said. "The
overwhelming majority of violations of this statute every day and every night
in this commonwealth are committed by straight people." The states
sodomy law criminalizes all acts of oral sex engaged in by consenting adults.
"In effect, this law makes every adult Virginian an unindicted
felon," Garrison said. He has filed for a hearing before the state
supreme court, which has yet to decide if it will take the case.
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