Entry #12156: Homosexual activity in Washington

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IssueHomosexual activity
StatusIllegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Start DateMar 14, 1893
End DateJan 29, 1909
DescriptionResponding to STATE v. PLACE, the Washington State Legislature adopted the common law definition of "crimes against nature" and established a penalty of "imprisonment at hard labor in the state penitentiary for not less than ten nor more than fourteen years" upon conviction of sodomy.
SourcesLaws of Washington 1893 c 139 § 2 https://leg.wa.gov/CodeReviser/documents/sessionlaw/1893c139.pdf RCW 9.79.100 Sodomy - Penalties. https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/dispo.aspx?cite=9.79.100 STATE v. PLACE, 5 Wash. 773; 32 P. 736 (1893) http://courts.mrsc.org/washreports/005WashReport/005WashReport0773.htm Painter, George. History of Sodomy Laws in the United States. https://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/sensibilities/washington.htm

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