Last edited: March 28, 2004


New Mexico

  • Statute: Repealed 1975


            1961     The New Mexico House of Representatives passes a proposed new criminal code that includes a repeal of the consensual sodomy law, making it the first state ever to have a repeal bill pass a house of a legislature. Unfortunately for history, the Senate doesn’t go along and the new code fails to become law. The bill also uses the unique term “variant sexual practice,” rather than “deviant sexual practice,” as was preferred by other states.

            1972     Appellate court judge Lewis Sutin becomes the nation’s most outspoken anti-sodomy law state court judge, following the retirement of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Amos Jackson. Sutin continues on his crusade until the law is repealed in 1975.

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