LGBTQ Rights in the U.S.

Legislation specifically designed to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) population are relatively new. Historically, the Supreme Court has overwhelmingly chosen to limit the rights of the LGBTQ community. In the 1973 court case Baker V. Nelson, the Supreme Court ruled that there was no guarantee of marriage for same-sex couples in…

Sodomy Laws in the U.S.

  Perhaps the most difficult laws to define regarding sexual behavior are sodomy laws. The most widely used definition of sodomy is “crimes against nature,” meaning that any non-penile/vaginal intercourse, such as oral and anal sex, is considered illegal.1 However, sodomy laws can vary from state to state. Though some states target both homosexual and…

The Legalities Shaping Same-Sex Marriage

  The issue of marriage has long been debated. For centuries, religion and tradition have constantly tried to control who gets married and to whom. Western society has always assumed that marriage should be between one man and one woman; in our ever-progressing society, however, our understanding of the love associated with the bond of…