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Arkansas Law Against Homosexual Acts Challenged in Court

MSNBC, May 31, 1998

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An attorney arguing in court Friday against an Arkansas law barring homosexual sex said that the courts would never tolerate such a law if it applied to sex between people of different races instead of homosexuals.

The lawyer, Suzanne Goldberg, said that was one analogy she offered Pulaski County Chancellor Collins Kilgore in a hearing Friday morning. The hearing was on a motion filed by the state attorney general’s office to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the organization that Goldberg represents, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund of New York. The group is challenging Arkansas’ law banning homosexual anal and oral sex. Kilgore took the motion under advisement, giving no indication when he might rule on the request for dismissal.

Arkansas is one of six states with sodomy laws limited specifically to homosexual conduct. The others are Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Maryland.

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