(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Although Nevada long ago discarded its anti-sodomy laws which were often used to target homosexual behavior, the state still retains a law the American Civil Liberties Union says is being used to prosecute young gays and lesbians for having consensual sex.
The “Infamous Crime Against Nature” statute–that’s its real name–has been on the books since 1979. Other laws pertaining to s0-called ‘crimes against nature’ were repealed in 1993.
The ACLU says this law is a ‘relic’, an outdated, discriminatory and unconstitutional law that has victimized young same sex people.
The age of consent for sex in Nevada is 16. But a 17 year old man in rural Nevada is currently facing a life term in prison for having consensual sex with a 16 year old male, under the ‘Crimes Against Humanity” law.
Staci Pratt of the ACLU says its ‘outrageous’ and termed the law the ’crime of being gay’. The law would not apply to a same sex couple of consensual age.
The ACLU has not only joined a court right to overturn the law, but has also contacted lawmakers in Carson City to repeal the law. A news release from the ACLU says their lawsuit believes the statute is ‘unconstitutional in all of its applications. The law classifies and imposes disparate treatment based on sex and sexual orientation in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourtheenth Ammendment.”