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Monday, 30 January 2012

January 30th in Queer History

Born this day

Howard Sturgis (1920 - 1855) UK

Maud Hunt Squire (1873 –  1955) US

Jack Spicer (1925 –  1965) US

Stewart McKinney (1931 – 1987) US

Thomas Duane (1955 – ) US

Mark Eitzel (1959 – )  US

Died this day

Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963) French

Rodolfo Morales (2001 – 1925) Mexican

Sodomy in history, January

1827 — Illinois enacts a law prohibiting anyone convicted of sodomy from holding public office.

1951 — A California appellate court upholds the oral copulation conviction of a man based on police looking into the window of a restroom.

1959 — The Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that sodomy convictions can be secured largely on circumstantial evidence.

1961 — The New Mexico House of Representatives votes 37-28 in favor of a revised criminal code that includes a repeal of the state’s sodomy law. This is the first vote by a U.S. legislative body to repeal a sodomy law. This bill refers to sodomitical relations as "variant sexual practice," something unique in U.S. history.

1978 — The Louisiana Supreme Court overturns a sodomy conviction because of testimony given in the trial trying to show that the defendant was Gay. The Court said that whether the defendant was Gay or not was irrelevant under the state’s sodomy law.


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