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Jackson 05/03/03

Sodomy Laws Debated at Forum

A national group that provides legal help for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual individuals, is challenging Mississippi's sodomy laws.

Saturday afternoon Lambda Legal held a forum at the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson. The group says a U.S. Supreme Court decision could effect the sodomy laws in our state, which they say are discriminatory towards those in same sex relationships.

"The law applies to you whether you're gay or straight. The law applies to you if you're having anal or oral sex, you're a felon based on Mississippi state law, and if you're convicted of the sodomy you have to register as a sex offender," said Jody Renaldo of Equality Mississippi.

State Representative Eric Flemming was on hand at Saturday's forum, sharing his insight on state sodomy laws. Saturday’s event was sponsored by Equality Mississippi and the ACLU of Mississippi.

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