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A judge in Arkansas threw out that state's sodomy law March 23, saying it unfairly singled out gay men and lesbians. "The people of Arkansas have the right to legislate on issues involving morals, but homosexuality is not a question of morals," Pulaski County circuit judge David Bogard said.

In Texas, however, an appeals court on March 15 upheld that state's sodomy law in the case of two men charged with having sex in a private home. Ruth Harlow, legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which challenged the laws in both states, said Lambda would appeal the Texas decision.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Apr 24, 2001
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