Laws have been passed in the U.S.A. against many sexual activities. Among them are these state regulations against:
ADULTERY – Illegal in 28 states including: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, NE, NV, NH, NY, NC, ND, OK, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, WV, WI
UNMARRIED SEX — Illegal in 9 states including: GA, ID, MA, MS, NC, RI, SC, UT, VA
LIVING TOGETHER UNMARRIED — Illegal in 32 states including: AK, AZ, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NY, ND, OH, OR, PA, SD, UT, WA, WV, WI, WY and Washington, D.C.
PROSTITUTION — Illegal in all states except for Nevada
PORNOGRAPHY — Illegal in 28 states including: AR, CO, CT, GA, HI, ID, IA, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NJ, OH, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY – Illegal in 36 states including: AL, AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MN, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI
VISIBLE ERECTION (even if clothed) — Illegal in 19 states including: AZ, FL, GA, ID, IN, MA, MS, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, SD, TN, UT, WA, WI, VT
ORAL SEX (with opposite & same sex) — Illegal in 17 states including: AL, AZ, FL, GA, ID, KS, LA, MA, MN, MS, NC, OK, OR, RI, SC, UT, and Washington, D.C.
ORAL SEX (with same sex only) — Illegal in 7 states including: AR, MD, MT, MO, NV, TN, TX
ANAL SEX (with opposite & same sex) — Illegal in 15 states including: AL, AZ, FL, GA, ID, LA, MN, MS, NC, OK, RI, SC, UT, VA, and Washington, D.C.
ANAL SEX (with same sex only) — Illegal in 9 states including: AR, KS, MD, MA, MO, MT, NV, TN, TX
AGE OF CONSENT
13 – 1 state (NM)
14 – 3 states (HI, IA, MS)
15 – 2 states (CT, VA)
16 – 26 states (AL, AR, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, VT, WV & Washington, D.C.)
17 – 5 states (LA, MO, NE, NY, TX)
18 – 10 states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NH, NJ, TN, UT, WI)
[The above was adapted from an article in a 1993 issue of Passionate Living magazine. Laws change. If you have more up-to-date information, e-mail us.]
Masturbating Could Be Illegal, Too–
According to the book Sexual Behavior and the Law, it is illegal in the states of Indiana and Wyoming to “encourage a person to masturbate.” Granted, the book by Samuel G. Kling is old (1965) but we will bet the laws are still on the books. If you know of the status of these laws, let us know. We’d hate to be presumed guilty of encouraging anyone living in Indiana or Wyoming to masturbate! If you do it in those states, and you’re cought, simply say it was your idea and please deny that SOLO had anything to do with your wicked self-pleasuring.
Too Many Dildos Are Illegal in Texas!
Ownership of one or two dildos, even six, is fine in Texas. But if you have more than that, you may be arrested! That’s right. It’s apparently illegal to own more than six dildos in that state — and in Georgia, too, we understand. The presumption is that if you have more than six you are going to sell the things. Dildos are classified by the Texas law as “obscene devices” which are illegal to sell. The code defines “obscene devices” as “a device, including a dildo or artificial vagina, designed or marketed as useful, primarily, for the stimulation of human genital organs.” They are considered “dangerous” and courts have held the law is proper because it is in the state’s interest to protect order (order??) and morality. There have been prosecutions under this law! It sure is gratifying that the lawmakers are diligently passing these laws to protect family values in Texas, in the heartland of conservative, Bible-belt America! We think it’s yet another example of the self-righteous trying to regulate the sexual expression of others. (Source: Houston Press, Nov. 18, 1993)
Several other states ban sale of vibrators!
Shocking intrusion into our bedrooms! Click to read this article
Also, there’s a brand new book out which documents the history of vibrators. The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel Maines (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999) has written a fascinating account. Read about it on the Johns Hopkins University Press website.
Are There More Silly Sex Laws?
We are sure there are. If you have the text of some local or state laws, send them in. And here’s a warning: Some self-righteous lawmakers in state legislatures and Congress are still at it. Dumb laws regulating sexual behavior are still being written and some of them, unfortunately, are being passed and enforced. We need to fight for our rights; write your senators and representatives about your feelings on bad legislation and encourage their support of good bills.
We hope to use this website to keep you informed about legislative matters concerning sexual rights.