Virginia Sodomy Statute: Not Dead Yet!!

Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, ruled that the Virginia sodomy statute is facially unconstitutional under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 decision, Lawrence v. Texas, and granted a writ of habeas corpus vacating the criminal conviction of a Virginia man who had been prosecuted for soliciting oral sex from a teenage girl. Virginia authorities had taken the position that because the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. … <Read More>

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Some Pending LGBT-Related Cases: Virginia Sodomy Law; University Discharge of Homophobic Administrator


On October 7, the first day of its October 2013 Term, the Supreme Court announced that it had denied petitions for certiorari in two pending LGBT-related cases, MacDonald v. Moose from the 4th Circuit and Dixon v. University of Toledo from the 6th Circuit.

In MacDonald v. Moose, 710 F.3d 154 (4th Cir. 2013), cert. denied sub nom Moose v. MacDonald, No. 12-1490, 2013 WL 3211338, the 4th Circuit … <Read More>