Criminal Justice: Abominable & Detestable Crime

"Whoever commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature with mankind or beast shall be deemed guilty of sodomy." In such indirect language, an Indiana statute makes oral or anal intercourse a crime. Even if he knew about the law, Charles Cotner of Jasper County, Ind., could hardly believe that it covered married couples in the privacy of their bedrooms.

"We never had an idyllic marriage," says Cotner, but "whatever quarrels we had were always made up amicably after we'd had a chance to cool off." At least it remained that way...

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