Last edited: April 23, 2007


US Military

  • Statute: US Code Title 10, Section 47, Subchaper X, Sec. 925. Art. 125. Sodomy. 
  • Penalty: Court Martial
  • Classification: Felony
  • Restrictions: None
  • Enforcement: 106 members of the armed services were discharged during the 2000 fiscal year that ended September 30, 2000, for homosexual acts according to the Pentagon.


Section 47 - Uniform Code of Military Justice, Subchapter X, Punative Articles
Sec. 925. Art. 125. Sodomy

(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with
another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy.
Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.

(b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.


United States v. Eric P. Marcum, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, decided August 23, 2004 -

United States v. Kenneth M. Bullock, Decision of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals narrowly reversing a conviction for consensual sodomy under UCMJ Art. 125 on Lawrence v. Texas grounds. - November 30, 2004



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