Three cheers for the five bufuing freedom fighters who recently filed a federal class action lawsuit against Mississippi for its ass-backwards sodomy laws. (What is sodomy? We’re glad you asked! Strictly speaking, sodomy defines certain sex acts, say anal, oral and bestiality, as criminal. Generally speaking, it refers to anal intercourse—if you’re English, buggery, and for anyone else, butt-fucking.) According to Courthouse News Service, the lawsuit challenges anal-sex sodomy convictions that require the plaintiffs to register as sex offenders.
By 2002, 36 states had either repealed all sodomy laws or had them overturned by court rulings, and less than a year later, in Lawrence v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn, by extension, all sodomy laws, ruling that consensual sex between adults is a constitutionally protected liberty. “Their right to liberty under the Due Process Clause gives them the full right to engage in their conduct without intervention of the government,” wrote Justice Kennedy in the majority opinion.