Events this day in queer history2007 – Hungarian Parliament passes registered partnerships into law (effective 1st January 2009?)
Born this dayPaul Cadmus (1904 – 1999) US
Bertha Harris (1937 – 2005) US
James “Bing” Davidson (1940 – 1965 ) US
Michael Cashman (1950 – ) UK
Actor / Politician / Activist
Gregg Araki (1959 – ) US
Director / Producer / Screenwriter
Paul Koering (1964 – ) US
Maciej Nowak (1964 – ) Polish
Journalist / Author / Theatre Critic / Chef
Fabrice Neaud (1968 – ) French
Comic Book Artist
Sarah Paulson (1975 – ) US
Died this dayMarguerite Yourcenar (1903 - 1987) French
Jennifer Gale (1960 - 2008 ) US
Sodomy in history, December 17 th
1838 — Arkansas passes a sodomy statute, after relying on a common-law statute for two decades. The penalty is set at 5-21 years.
1931 — The Illinois Supreme Court upholds a sodomy conviction after uncorroborated testimony was admitted in the trial and the state entered evidence of a theft conviction of 13 years earlier.
1934 — A California appellate court upholds a sodomy conviction in which there was no proof of penetration, something state law requires.
1941 — Congress enacts a vagrancy law for the District of Columbia, labeling as vagrant "anyone convicted of a felony loitering in a public place" and anyone guilty of "acts of perversion for hire."
1971 — The Florida Supreme Court strikes down the state’s "crime against nature" law as unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. It says that, with a constantly changing world, what is a crime against nature today is different from what it was a hundred years ago.
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