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Push Made for Change in North Carolina Sodomy Law

The Advocate, March 13, 2001

A measure has been introduced to amend North Carolina’s sodomy law to decriminalize consensual oral and anal sex, the Greensboro News & Record reports. The bill would keep the sodomy law in place but would criminalize only acts done for hire, in public, or without consent. "Your home is your castle, and you should be able to have private business within your castle," said state senator Jeanne Lucas, a cosponsor of the Sexual Privacy Act. "You’re not hurting anybody. You are doing what pleases you." The state’s sodomy law applies to both heterosexuals and gays and lesbians. "There is a basic right to privacy that this law violates," said Jo Wyrick, executive director of Equality NC, a gay lobbying group. "I think most people take the attitude that what other people do in their own homes is their own business." Opponents of the amendment effort say that the law should remain untouched. "It is an attempt by promoters of the homosexual lifestyle to get a foothold in state law for their behavior," said John Rustin of the North Carolina Family Policy Council.

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