Last edited: February 23, 2005


South Carolina

  • Statute: 16-15-120, Buggery. Unconstitutional under Lawrence v. Texas
  • Penalty: 5  years/$500
  • Classification: Felony
  • Restrictions: None


Section 16-15-120. Buggery.

Whoever shall commit the abominable crime of buggery, whether with mankind or with beast, shall, on conviction, be guilty of felony and shall be imprisoned in the Penitentiary for five years or shall pay a fine of not less than five hundred dollars, or both, at the discretion of the court.


            1869     South Carolina abolishes the death penalty for sodomy, but doesnít establish a replacement penalty. This oversight isnít corrected for three years.

            1895     South Carolina adopts the first constitutional ban on voting by those convicted of sodomy. In 1970, South Carolina voters repeal this provision.



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