Sodomy: Legal Definition & Laws


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What is the legal definition of sodomy?

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1. If you lived in the state of Florida before 2003, and you engaged in acts of sodomy with a 15 year old, what would you be charged with?

2. If you live in Maryland, are heterosexual and committed an act of sodomy, could you be charged?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See how much you know about the legalities of sodomy with this quiz and worksheet. The five questions require you to know about the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court case.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will confirm your knowledge of the following:

  • The legal definition of sodomy
  • The charge for engaging in sodomy with a 15-year-old in Florida prior to 2003
  • Whether a heterosexual person would be charged for an act of sodomy in Maryland
  • Related laws in Mississippi
  • The Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court case decision

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the legal definition of sodomy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about sodomy in Florida before 2003 and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding laws in Mississippi

Additional Learning

Further your understanding of this topic with the lesson titled Sodomy: Legal Definition & Laws. Here are a few examples of what you'll find in the lesson:

  • An overview of what sodomy is
  • Sodomy laws in multiple states
  • How sodomy laws have changed over the years