A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be "unnatural" or immoral. As of June , 69 countries as well as five sub-national jurisdictions [a] have laws criminalizing homosexuality. Among these 69 countries, 44 of them criminalize not only male homosexuality but also female homosexuality. In 11 of them, homosexuality is punished with the death penalty.
Sodomy laws in the United States
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Queensland to catch up on age of consent laws for anal sex
Under the proposed amendment, individuals who live together outside of marriage could face up to six months in jail. It also criminalises oral and anal sex outside of marriage, which may be punishable by up to 12 years in prison. While the article regarding oral and anal sex is meant to punish rape of different forms, some say that the law could be taken out of context and used against consenting unmarried adults, the LGBTQ community, and women. This is because the proposed amendment considers these acts as "adultery" which is vaguely defined as any sexual relations outside of marriage.
Updated September 16, The legal age for consensual anal sex in Queensland has been brought into line with all other lawful sexual acts, ending "archaic" legislation against homosexuals. While 16 has been the legal age for most sexual activity, it was illegal to engage in anal sex until the age of Queensland was the only state in Australia that had different ages of consent for different consensual sexual acts. The Labor Government and independents voted to pass the laws last night, along with 28 Opposition MPs.